Life With Asperger’s as a Teenager

Teenagers are already quite hard to understand, but when you add Asperger’s to the mix, things get even trickier. Teen emotions swing wildly from high to low without much reason, and those who have Asperger’s have an even more difficult time than neurotypical teens in communicating what they’re thinking and feeling.

Fifteen-year-old Hollie was diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was 12 years old. She has had a rough time navigating teenage life with her parents for a while, but things are finally looking up now that they realize that her bad behavior was always a form of communication. Now they’re beginning to understand her language and giving her other strategies to cope with her feelings.

Hollie has a large collection of nail polish and she changes the colors of her nails about four times a day! It’s a behavior some may find odd, but she finds it soothing. More power to you, Hollie!

Watch as Hollie and her mom, Claire, share what life is like living with a teen with Asperger’s and how they’ve learned to communicate to get a better understanding of what is going on in Hollie’s head.

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