As with most disorders, the many of the warning signs listed above are observed in many teens who don’t have Asperger’s Syndrome or qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. For example, many teens will say exactly what’s on their mind (even if it comes across as rude), become obsessed with a subject that interests them, or lack many age-appropriate social skills. But if several warning signs are present, it’s important to have your teen evaluated, as it’s far better to err on the side of caution.
Knowing the First Steps to Take
If you’re concerned that your teen is exhibiting signs of Asperger’s Syndrome, and he or she has never been formally diagnosed with AS, don’t ignore it. Adolescents with AS have unique needs that require specialized education and other forms of intervention. A formal diagnosis can open the door to resources for your child. Following are important first steps to take:
1 – Consult with your primary care doctor or your child’s pediatrician. Discuss your concerns regarding the warning signs you’ve noticed, such as difficulties reading social cues, quirks in communication, or making friends. Your doctor can refer you to someone who specializes in diagnosing and treating individuals with ASD. This leads to the next step: