Teens with Asperger’s Disorder are typically described as socially stiff, awkward, emotionally blunted, self-centered, inflexible, misinterpreting social cues, lacking in common sense, unable to have reciprocal conversations, and unable to understand unspoken messages.
Yet life for the high school teen with Asperger’s Disorder can sometimes be less painful than earlier years. As his peers gain more social maturity and sensitivity, there is often less teasing in high school. More social opportunities exist within the various interest groups and clubs common to high school campuses.
As the adolescent teen with Asperger’s Disorder gains more confidence, he will likely reach out to initiate peer interactions. While a positive move, it can also increase his chances of being rejected. Navigating the dating world is difficult for most teens, but it is especially difficult for Asperger’s Disorder teens. As your adolescent becomes interested in dating, she can be easily confused, not knowing how to tell if the object of her affection is flirting with interest or just being polite. Boys with Asperger’s Disorder can have great trouble recognizing polite signs of rejection and may pursue contact with girls who thought they made it clear they were not interested. Girls can be vulnerable to being taken advantage of by their male classmates.