Usually, most teens with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder start showing signs of this condition during early childhood and it carries on throughout their adolescent years.
As they grow older and become a teenager, they may start learning some of the social skills they lacked while they were younger. Nevertheless, these teens still find it challenging to interpret and comprehend the behavior of others.
Here are some of the symptoms that you may notice in your teen if they have Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Difficulty Making Friends
Despite teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder having a strong desire for friendship, they usually feel intimidated by others or shy hence why they often experience bullying and teasing from their peers. Subsequently, this makes a teenager with Asperger’s to feel different.
Therefore, whereas fellow teens are focusing and attempting to fit in, a teenager with Asperger’s finds this activity both draining and irritating. Despite this, teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder often do manage to make and maintain a few close friends during their adolescent years.
Teens on the spectrum tend to be overly trusting and naïve. Most of these teens try to be honest and expect others to be, making them susceptible to being misled and deceived by others with bad intentions.
Withdrawn or Socially Secluded
Making friends while socially impaired is extremely taxing emotionally and physically on a spectrum teen. It requires greater effort and energy for them to communicate and fit in, resulting in a need to “recharge” by being alone.
Teens who experience a lot of negative interactions may become very withdrawn or reclusive, staying in their room a lot and having little desire to go anywhere or do anything. This often leads to depression and/or anxiety.
Doesn’t Care About Appearance
While average teens will obsess about their appearance to fit in, teens on the spectrum are frequently not concerned with doing so. They don’t care about social fads or norms.
When it comes to clothing, they prefer to wear things that feel comfortable, rather than things that make them look good. They also may not brush or style their hair or spend a lot of time grooming or keeping up their appearance.
Difficulty Controlling Emotions
Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have difficult controlling their emotions, and this is the reason why they might cry or laugh at inappropriate moments.
A teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder may fail to notice they are speaking loudly, or they may talk with strange intonation or have a monotone voice. However, they may have an extensive vocabulary and be able to talk at great length about their topics of interest.
Teens on the spectrum tend to both think creatively as well as pursue their goals passionately. They will study a topic at length, some even memorizing dates and different facts about it. All the information they gather on it, is then potentially explained at length to anyone around who inquires or gives them a chance to speak.