Could my teen have Asperger Syndrome????
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|Tue, 04-10-2007 - 2:04pm|
I have a 15 y/o step son (who's b-day is today) and we have tried for two years now to correct his bad behavior. He has been in the PINS (persons in need of supervision) program for over a year, counseling with school and psycologists, we have provided him with love, support, resources, encouragement, etc., yet we can not seem to change or modify his negative behaviors.
He is defiant, rebelous, and explosive at times (typical teenager), but what's worse is that at the age of 15 he still wets his bed and does not take care of his wet clothing and beding. He will leave it in his room for days until it starts to radiate through our house and his father gets on him to care for it. His hygene is atrocious, he does not like to shower, he uses the toilet plunger, fills it up with toilet residue and then laughs about it when confronted.
He is obsessed with sprots knowledge and can tell you the name of any player, his number, his birthday, his average, his shortcoming, etc. It is truly his sole focus in life and one of the only things he talks about. He fails miserably in school, primarily due to his lack of interest and likes any attention, positive or negative.
We have been addressing his issues like he is a normal teenager who needs corrective acion, but due to his abnormal behaviors, I am concerned that we are overlooking something. I started to do some research today and it appears that he exhibits several characteristics associated with Asperger Syndrome.
Can anyone tell me if they have had a teenager diagnosed with this syndrome? If so, did you run accross any of the symptoms I have just discussed?