Peer Pressure and Asperger’s

Many adolescents and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome struggle to fit in with peers. As a result, these individuals may be more susceptible to the negative effects of peer pressure, such as trying alcohol or drugs. Occasionally, alcohol use in autistic teens becomes a way to rebel and establish an independent identity – it also might be used as a way to self-medicate. These habits can become dangerous if not addressed immediately and directly. When parenting a child with Asperger’s, teaching them about bad decision-making is not an issue of discipline, but one that requires extra communication.

If you are a parent of a child with AS, and you feel they need more help than you can provide in fighting peer pressure or turning bad habits around, please feel free to contact our Glenview-based office at (847) 730-3042. We are here for you – let’s connect.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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