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What are the common symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in teens?
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Dr. Michael Smith
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In brief: Multiple impairments
Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity.
Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc.. Look to dsm4tr for more details.

In brief: Multiple impairments
Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity.
Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc.. Look to dsm4tr for more details.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Autism starts quite early, possibly at birth. You can't "catch it" during adolescence, although mild forms sometimes (more rarely these days) aren't picked up until later in life. If you have an adolescent with new symptoms of social isolation, withdrawal, or emerging odd behaviors, definitely seek professional help. It almost certainly is not autism but can be serious.
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