Aspergers syndrome is a developmental condition that is believed to be an autism spectrum disorder.
Aspergers affects the way a person thinks, communicates and relates to others.The changes which occur during adolescence can be stressful for most teenagers.
But for teenagers with Aspergers syndrome, these changes can result in severe anxiety, depression and mental health problems.
Teenagers With aspergers syndrome may find it difficult to make and sustain friendships. They lack the ability to mind read and will often miss important social cues, like facial expressions and be unable to read anotherâ€™s body language.
So what is a teen with aspergers syndrome like?
Some adolescent with aspergers may prefer to be alone whist others will crave friendships.
Some teenagers with Asperger Syndrome will enjoy talking about subjects that they are interested in, sometimes to the point of obsession, and may find more general conversations quite difficult.
Some Asperger Syndrome adolescents may also find difficulties with social situations; for example being reprimanded in college, although they never intended or believed that they were doing something wrong.
Asperger syndrome in teenagers; As with autism the aspergers adolescent will like repetition; for example following the same routine daily, keeping everything the same, without alterations.
These needs for sameness and routine can hinder their social progress and make them less likely to try or attempt anything new.
Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome can also have a lot of strengths, such as being very exact, good attention to detail and having expert knowledge on their own special interest.
Many asperger teens will also exhibit an excellent memory for particular things; for example, the words to a song or rhyme or maybe an advert or a tune from the radio even.
Some teens with aspergers syndrome will exhibit ant-social behaviors, or may well be solitary or even considered odd by their peers, this can cause stress and be a trigger for anxiety in the young person with aspergers.
As with autism asperger syndrome in teenagers has itâ€™s problems social misunderstandings and communication problems can lead to social mistakes.
For example; a social kissâ€¦aspergers adolescents may not understand the difference between a social kiss and inappropriate wanting to kiss their friends or othersâ€¦ Using asperger social stories can be like throwing the asperger adolescent a life lineâ€¦
Studies have shown that by using asperger social stories you can help your asperger adolescent to find coping mechanisms, and strategies. That can help them understand, and deal, with various situations and activities, or events. That they may find confusing, frustrating or stressful.
Asperger social stories are an excellent tool which can be introduced at any time and used for all situations your asperger teen is struggling with. These short exact pieces of text include visual images appropriate to the story.
Using aspergers social stories will help you asperger adolescent become more socially aware. And will answer the who, why, where and what questions they may have.
Asperger social stories will give your adolescent more understanding of situations and make them more comfortable in certain situations as well as giving them clear social cues they will help them identify when and where certain things are and are not appropriate.
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