Late autism diagnosis: older children and teenagers. Sometimes children get a late autism diagnosis because their autism signs become obvious only in adolescence. Autism signs in older children and teenagers include difficulty with conversations, friendships and schoolwork.
What are the signs of autism in a teenager?
Signs of autism in teenagers
- Problems forming friendships.
- Mistaking social cues or body language.
- Misinterpretation of conversations.
- Finding it easier to form friendships online.
- Poor eye contact.
- Expressing that they ‘don’t fit in’
What is teen autism?
Autism (also referred to as autism spectrum disorder or ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects the way a person’s brain and body works. As it is a spectrum disorder, no two people will have the same symptoms and characteristics. In other words, just like other teenagers, not all people with ASD are the same.
How does autism affect a teenager?
The teen years are a risk period for the onset of seizures in autism, although most teens do not develop epilepsy. Childhood sleep problems may persist into adolescence, when insomnia and daytime sleepiness become the biggest concerns. Anxiety is commonplace.
What are the 3 main symptoms of autism?
Patterns of Behavior
- Repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping, rocking, jumping, or twirling.
- Constant moving (pacing) and “hyper” behavior.
- Fixations on certain activities or objects.
- Specific routines or rituals (and getting upset when a routine is changed, even slightly)
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound.
What age does autism usually show up?
Some children show ASD symptoms within the first 12 months of life. In others, symptoms may not show up until 24 months or later. Some children with ASD gain new skills and meet developmental milestones, until around 18 to 24 months of age and then they stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had.
Does autism get worse during puberty?
Research is limited on children with autism who are going through puberty. But some experts suggest that while children’s behavior may improve during elementary-school years, it can deteriorate with the physical and hormonal changes that come with adolescence.