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Puberty a time for high anxiety

Through counselling in a one-on-one situation, Beth felt safe to learn about puberty and body changes.

Beth* is an 11-year-old girl who has a recent diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum. She was referred to SECCA after expressing severe anxiety around the subject of puberty and the idea of ‘growing up’. During sex education classes at her school, she was unsettled and would not engage. She was also showing signs of aggression when her parents displayed affection towards each other.

Through counselling in a one-on-one situation, Beth felt safe to learn about puberty and body changes. Her counsellor also worked towards improving Beth’s body awareness, concepts of private and public, and addressed ways she could manage her anxiety and distress. Both her parents and her teacher reported a marked decrease in Beth’s anxiety.

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