Aspergers In Teens

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Understanding Your Teen with Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome in teens, also called Asperger’s disorder, is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, communicate, and use imagination. (Autism Speaks, 2012)

The prevalence of Asperger’s syndrome in teens is not well established.  It is often not recognized before age 5 or 6 because language development is normal.  Although Asperger’s syndrome in teens varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.

Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder1  No studies have yet been conducted to determine the incidence of Asperger’s syndrome in adult populations, but studies of children with the disorder suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood.  Some of these children develop additional psychiatric symptoms and disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Males are four times more likely than girls to have Asperger’s syndrome in teens.

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Common Symptoms & Traits Of Asperger's Syndrom In Teens

  • Differently developed social skills: Asperger’s syndrome in teens generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily. They have difficulty initiating and maintaining conversation.
  • Exceptionally skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger’s syndrome in teens are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.
  • Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
  • Untypical preoccupations or rituals: A child with Asperger’s syndrome in teens may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.
  • Communication difficulties: People with Asperger’s syndrome in teens may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context.
  • Limited range of interests: Those with Asperger’s syndrome in teens may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas, such as sports schedules, weather, or maps.

Trails Carolina was founded on the belief that traditional wilderness therapy programs could better serve the long-term needs of students and their families through the use of evidence-based autism therapy services with a unique, experiential approach. We combine the power of the wilderness experience with a residential base camp in order to teach, reinforce, and practice real-life skills. Our wilderness therapy programs also involve the family every step of the way.

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