The biggest impact Asperger’s Disorder has during the teen years is on social relationships. During adolescence, fitting in and making friends is of utmost importance. The social abnormalities of childhood become more apparent in adolescence. As friendships mature into sharing, caring, and trusting, the Asperger’s Disorder teen’s inability to participate in deeper relationships becomes more obvious to her peers.
It is during this phase in life that teens with Asperger’s Disorder begin to gain deeper awareness that they are not accepted and do not fit in with a peer group. Sadness, low self esteem, and even depression can be the result. While this sounds bleak, it can actually be the hopeful beginning of your teen taking a closer look at her social interactions and working harder to use more effective social skills.
The good news about Asperger’s Disorder during adolescence is that Asperger’s Disorder teens are less likely to act out. Compared to their peers, especially those with other disorders, Asperger’s Disorder teens have less rebellion and antisocial behaviors. Being outside a peer group and being oblivious to peer pressure and the latest trend may actually turn out to be a good thing that provides a protective barrier to doing what everyone else at school is doing.