How To Help A Child With Asperger's Syndrome
If your child is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, you may be feeling negative and miserable, but as with any other type of disorder, you should learn exactly what it is and accept it. Feeling okay about it is essential to helping your child develop fully. So at OneHowTo.com we'll help you learn how to help a child with Asperger's Syndrome.
Get information about Asperger's Syndrome, learn about it and understand it. In these cases, it is also important to know how to differentiate Asperger Syndrome from Autism. Help your child understand it; to be able to help them, you first need to understand it yourself.
Get help from professionals because they can help and guide you in these cases. Coordinate the child's home life with the professional treatment.
To help a child with Asperger's syndrome, learn techniques (taught by a specialist) to practice at home with your child.
Go to social skills groups with your child to improve their interpersonal communication. Help your child with social communication so they know what to say and how to say it. Similarly, when they have incorrect or inappropriate responses (lack of emotional and personal understanding), explain why they are inappropriate and what would have been the correct way and why.
Establish a close relationship with your child's teachers to work together to coordinate work routines with the school.
Set predictable routines at home to help your child feel safe and perform the tasks expected of them (morning, noon, afternoon, evening).
Set house rules and if necessary depict them on the wall with drawings to indicate what they are and make sure your child knows what is expected of them (for example, "put your hands on the table" would be better than "stop hitting" because they will better understand what is expected of them and when).
Having them on the wall serves as a reference for when they're needed (be consistent) and the drawings are important so they can put pictures to the words and memorize them. Try to use only positive reinforcement and avoid punishing or reproaching them for not understanding, as this will only frustrate both of you. It is important to praise them for what they do well.
Invite children from your child's school over to play and help your child learn to play (but keep your eye on them). Choose children who may have the same interests as your child and have an easy-going personality.
Limit their repetitive and insistent questions on their areas of interest to just part of the day as a daily routine to avoid them obsessing.
Try to broaden their range of interest. For example if they like forest animals, try to also focus their interest on forests and on the animal kingdom separately.
Do not ask your child to do more than they can. It is important to remember that their concentration is limited and it is preferable to have them do a few things well than many when they could get distracted and not finish. Limit time.
Conquer their previously fears of unknown activities or people.
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