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October 27, 2012

Navigating teen years a minefield for those with Asperger's


Laurie Monsebraaten  Social Justice Reporter 

Puberty is when the brain is closed for renovations, a Toronto conference on autism was reminded Friday.

That light-hearted truism from renowned clinical psychologist and author Tony Attwood drew chuckles from the audience of more than 200 parents, teachers and clinicians at the international gathering sponsored by the Geneva Centre for Autism.

But the serious truth for children with Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological disorder on the milder end of the autism spectrum, is that puberty and the teen years can be a minefield. READ MORE >>

Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and author of several acclaimed books on Asperger's syndrome, says the hyper-social quality of the teen years leaves kids with Asperger's particularly adrift.

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