girls with autism and impending puberty - advice?

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Registered: 07-18-2006
girls with autism and impending puberty - advice?
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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 9:43am

Hi, All. I gave an intro in another thread but wanted advice on this, too.

I know how much more common autism is in boys, so I'm not sure if anyone here even has a girl affected? My daughter is nine, and about a year ago started developing. I recall reading somewhere that early puberty is common in girls with autism. Anyhow, my question revolves around how to deal with all this.

She hasn't started a period yet, when she does, they'll be giving her a birth control shot so that she doesn't have one monthly. Thank God, cause she's not even completely potty trained yet. But I am wondering how am I supposed to do things like shave her armpits and legs? I obviously don't want to use a razor.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice about this?

Angie

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Registered: 09-30-2011
You could always have a professional do permanent hair removal on her at some point in the future. I know it sounds drastic, but it is an option to consider.
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Registered: 10-03-2003

Hello Angie,

I agree, this is a tough one.

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Registered: 07-18-2006
We already use deodarant. The hair on her legs has always been dark and noticeable, so we for sure need to do something! The hair everywhere else is quickly following suit.
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Registered: 11-13-2008
That's a tough one. I'm glad that the option is available to her to get the birth control shot, that's a good way to handle that. With regards to shaving, you might wait and see how much hair she actually develops on her legs and armpits? Hopefully she won't grow that much hair and you'll be able to leave it alone. If she does, maybe you could try an electric razor on her? Deodorant could become part of her normal morning routine.