When your child starts the transition to puberty, you may notice that their moods seem more unpredictable or that they are more frequently sad, angry or frustrated. While mood swings are very normal, they can pose extra challenges for children with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder who may struggle to identify and communicate their feelings generally.
While identifying and communicating feelings can be challenging, with support and practice many young children with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder can learn how to do this successfully. If your child has difficulty identifying and communicating their feelings, you may already be working with an allied health professional to help support your child. The information below is not meant to replace the advice of health professionals but can be useful in giving you everyday opportunities to support your child to practice identifying and communicating feelings in day to day life.