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Can a teen seem normal and still have some kind of autism?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Aspergers disorder is considered a mild form of autism.
People with asperger's disorder have poor social pragmatic skills. This may be mistaken for shyness.

In brief: Yes
Aspergers disorder is considered a mild form of autism.
People with asperger's disorder have poor social pragmatic skills. This may be mistaken for shyness.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
"seems normal" is a vague and expansive enough category, particularly applied to the teen population, that certainly some within that range are in fact on the autism spectrum. Often for any condition time must pass before those with more subtle features, or that have shifted into circumstances allowing better recognition of symptoms, will be diagnosed.

In brief: Yes
"seems normal" is a vague and expansive enough category, particularly applied to the teen population, that certainly some within that range are in fact on the autism spectrum. Often for any condition time must pass before those with more subtle features, or that have shifted into circumstances allowing better recognition of symptoms, will be diagnosed.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: There's no such
Thing as " normal, " just neurotypical or average.
A teen with any degree of autism will manifest deficits in early adolescence, when social demands become more complex, language becomes rife with figures of speech, slang & innuendo, & academic demands include inference & conceptual thinking.

In brief: There's no such
Thing as " normal, " just neurotypical or average.
A teen with any degree of autism will manifest deficits in early adolescence, when social demands become more complex, language becomes rife with figures of speech, slang & innuendo, & academic demands include inference & conceptual thinking.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not likely
While there is a great deal of diversity in terms of the severity of autism spectrum disorder, a "normal" teen is pretty much likely to be a "normal" teen.
Asperger's syndrome is at the far end of the spectrum that is considered "higher functioning;" but there would still be noticeable socialization differences between someone with asperger's and the majority of their peers.

In brief: Not likely
While there is a great deal of diversity in terms of the severity of autism spectrum disorder, a "normal" teen is pretty much likely to be a "normal" teen.
Asperger's syndrome is at the far end of the spectrum that is considered "higher functioning;" but there would still be noticeable socialization differences between someone with asperger's and the majority of their peers.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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