How to Survive Puberty: This Time as a Parent!


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How to Survive Puberty: This Time as a Parent!

Monday, April 26  |  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Zoom Webinar

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Middle school memories often include the awkward changes of puberty. Acne, feelings of insecurity, braces, clumsy relationships with the opposite sex, strict parents, a need for expert hygiene, and sensitivity to others’ opinions all collide during the early teen years.

Puberty can be a difficult life stage for any teen. However, the challenges of facing puberty with developmental delays---overly-defiant behaviors, daunting mood swings, epilepsy and self-esteem issues--- only compound the hardships parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence.


  • Recognize the start of puberty.
  • Talk to your son or daughter about their changing bodies.
  • Know ways to build self-esteem at home.
  • Understand and successfully deal with challenging behaviors.
  • Recognize surfacing mental health issues.
  • Know when to contact a specialist.
  • Not wish-away those difficult but important years of rapid growth, emotional maturity and self-determination.



Rachel Torrance, M.Ed, BCBA, COBA from Accessing Abilities, LLC.
Rachel formed the Accessing Abilities, LLC, in 2015. With a background in Special Education, systems-based supports, consultations, ABA and trainings, Rachel knew her approach was different and the field needed more.  Rachel’s approach to addressing behavioral and educational needs stemmed from the knowledge acquired since the early 1990’s when she first started in the field (plus all of the amazing newer research). Most importantly, although autism is amongst her specialties, she wanted to provide supports to all children and adults; including ones without diagnoses. Rachel is an invited presenter at national and international conferences, a member of the Board of Trustees for Milestones Autism Resources and an integral part of Cleveland-based sensory-friendly initiatives.



Registration is required. You will receive an email confirmation with a zoom link for the meeting.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Wendy Cline, LSW and ASGA Support Specialist via email here or via phone at 330.940.1441 ext 1. 




About the Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is part of a nationwide network of affiliates with the Autism Society of America, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. ASGA serves Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage and Medina counties (OH) and works locally to achieve its mission --to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

ASGA is also a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.  OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen others.

Event Details

Event Start Date 04-26-2021 6:30 pm
Event End Date 04-26-2021 7:30 pm