beachnut Posted March 13, 2012 Share Posted March 13, 2012 (Just discovered this Special Needs board, so excuse the cross-post.) Is it too late to get a diagnosis for my 15yo son, whom I suspect may have Asperger's Syndrome? I never even knew what this was until a few months ago, and it seems to explain a lot. Quick background: My son has always struggled to make and keep friends, and the situation seems even more noticeable now that he is high school age. He went to public school for grades K-1 and 6-7 and never made any real friends in this setting. (He does have 2 or 3 friends that he occasionally does things with. But it is not on a regular basis. And he seems to seek them out more than they seek him out.) He's had various quirky behaviors over the years, but nothing severe. He is highly functioning, tested as gifted (does that matter?) and seems socially awkward (more so than the typical, awkward teen boy). Now that he's in 9th grade, he takes art and band classes at the local high school, and I was hoping things would click with a few of the marching band members. But, 7 months into the school year, he has yet to make a real friend. (He seems to think he has friends at high school, but really they are just acquaintances. No one ever calls him or invites him to do anything on the weekends. It is breaking my heart.) Would it be crushing to his self-esteem to seek out a diagnosis this late in the game? Would it even matter at this point? What positive things could result from such a diagnosis? Please advise. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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