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Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum

Chris Bonnello is the author of “Growing Up Autistic: 10 Tips for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome or Mild Autism”, an article which has had a huge online response. Sue Larkey has kindly posted the full article on her website for the benefit of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and teens on the autism spectrum.


“If you’re growing up on the spectrum, this article was written for you. I grew up with mild autism myself: I struggled with isolation, I struggled with understanding other people, and I struggled with other people not understanding me. So, from one autistic to another, here is my honest advice to you.”

Chris Bonnello


A longer version of Tips For Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum is available on Sue Larkey’s website:


 Top 10 Tips for Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum 

Whatever you’re going through, you are not alone.

The only person who can decide who you are is you.

Sometimes your pace and methods will be different, and that’s totally fine.

Once your school days are over, they’re over forever.

Find the places where you can play to your strengths.

Don’t blame yourself for things that aren’t your fault.

If you need help, ask for it.

Everyone else finds things difficult too.

I’d rather be happy than normal.

Remember how much you’re loved.

Finally, listen to other people’s advice.

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