Some common signs of Autism in Teenagers

Autism can be diagnosed at any age, although it is often diagnosed in early childhood.  Some teenagers may also have autism that goes undiagnosed until they are older. It is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of the signs of autism and to seek a professional evaluation if they have concerns about their teenager’s development.

Some common signs of autism in teenagers may include:

  • Difficulty making and maintaining friendships
  • Lack of interest in activities that typically interest their peers
  • Struggles with social cues, such as interpreting tone of voice or body language
  • Difficulty initiating or carrying on a conversation
  • Struggles with organization and planning, leading to problems with time management and completing tasks
  • A tendency to become overwhelmed in social situations or when faced with changes in routine or environment
  • A lack of interest in imaginative play or make-believe
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking, such as understanding jokes or sarcasm.

It is not recommended to try to self-assess a teenager for autism and keep in mind that every person is different and may not exhibit all of these or any symptoms. Additionally, autism can present itself in different ways in different people. Autism is a complex condition that can be difficult to diagnose, and it is best to be assessed by a healthcare professional who is trained in diagnosing and treating autism.


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