Mimi - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )
I have a 17 year old son. I have always realized that he beats to the beat of a different drum. As he has gotten older he really doesn't socialize with friends. We have joined a church where he is getting involved with the youth group. This helps, but he still has no close friends that he wants to socialize with. I have been reading about high functioning autism, and was wondering if this could be what he has. The only thing, he's very athletic, and hasn't had any problems with his speech either. He just gets obsessed with one thing at a time, and doesn't want to socialize, and it's hard for him to communicate with a 2 sided conversation. He seems very smart, but won't study, and doesn't seem to care about his grades. I am worried about him, and wondering if there is testing to determine if he's high functioning autistic. If he his, is there treatment for this? He goes to a psychiatrist now, and all he will do is prescribe abilify for his mood disorders. Wondering if anyone can give me some insight on what to do? Thanks.