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Adolescence and Asperger’s

For children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), the most difficult years lie between the ages of 11 and 17. During this time period, teens crave new friendships and independence. However, many AS teens have difficulty achieving both successfully because these teens are less likely to be accepted by their peers. This can lead to social isolation and, over time, depression. For parents that have worked actively with their child to overcome these issues, watching these changes unfold can be difficult. Parents need to provide their teen with enough freedom to figure out what makes them happy while still ensuring that some guidance is provided for social and emotional development.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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