While others their age are making deeper friendships that involve trust, secrets, and common interests, the Asperger’s Disorder teen remains socially isolated. The social patterns he displayed in elementary school years continue, and his peers are even less willing to tolerate him. As cliques form at school, the Asperger’s Disorder adolescent is excluded. Lacking common social sense, the Asperger’s Disorder teen is at risk of being the brunt of pranks or egged on to act out inappropriate behaviors. He is also a prime candidate for public taunting and ridicule.
Fashion, fads, and trends are often ignored by the Asperger’s Disorder teen as he pursues his unique special interest. Wanting to have friends, the Asperger’s Disorder teen is at risk for depression as he becomes increasingly aware with each passing year that he lacks the ability to change his social life. If he can find a peer who shares a similar interest, his middle school years will be far better than the child who is without a friend. Even if the friendship is based primarily on pursuing talk and activities related to their special interest, it can be a significant deterrent to depression.