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Asperger’s Syndrome & Meltdowns: Guidelines for Parents & Teachers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the post

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading but, at 14 and bigger than me..I no longer can hold that meltdown...whats the next step..when redirect dose not work?

Anonymous said...

In a nutshell, the last four years have been an emotional roller-coaster. My husband and I adore our two sons, ages 10 and 6, both with ADHD, anxiety, and the youngest with Aspergers. My husband now believes, and I agree, that he must also be on the Spectrum.

Last night, three of us were in tears following meltdowns and tempers flaring. I have read many books on the boys struggles, taken them to therapists, they are medicated, and try to remain calm. In my opinion, the underlying problem is my husband's inability to parent differently to their needs. He's read nothing, rarely attends dr visits, yet announces during meltdowns that something needs to change in the house. He's suggested that we need to be more strict, spanking for backtalk or soap in mouth, rather than ignoring the bad and rewarding the good. I refuse, and I'm convinced it will only cause damage and not teach them WHY their behavior is inappropriate.

I should also mention that my husband is a loving dad, but has been preoccupied with his depression, diagnosed in January. He doesn't adapt to the boys changing emotions, and cannot see that he is JUST LIKE THEM. He has never good with change in his routine.

I'm feeling hopeless for a happy homelife...

Anonymous said...

Don't give up. I know it's hard. We had a meltdown just this morning. The depression and other issues my husband has makes him intolerant of our aspie son. It breaks a momma's heart...hang in there.

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers and HFA can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Living with an Aspergers Spouse/Partner

Research reveals that the divorce rate for people with Aspergers is around 80%. Why so high!? The answer may be found in how the symptoms of Aspergers affect intimate relationships. People with Aspergers often find it difficult to understand others and express themselves. They may seem to lose interest in people over time, appear aloof, and are often mistaken as self-centered, vain individuals.

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Online Parent Coaching for Parents of Asperger's Children

If you’re the parent of a child with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism, you know it can be a struggle from time to time. Your child may be experiencing: obsessive routines; problems coping in social situations; intense tantrums and meltdowns; over-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells and sights; preoccupation with one subject of interest; and being overwhelmed by even the smallest of changes.

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Unraveling The Mystery Behind Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism

Parents, teachers, and the general public have a lot of misconceptions of Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism. Many myths abound, and the lack of knowledge is both disturbing and harmful to kids and teens who struggle with the disorder.

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Parenting Children and Teens with High-Functioning Autism

Two traits often found in kids with High-Functioning Autism are “mind-blindness” (i.e., the inability to predict the beliefs and intentions of others) and “alexithymia” (i.e., the inability to identify and interpret emotional signals in others). These two traits reduce the youngster’s ability to empathize with peers. As a result, he or she may be perceived by adults and other children as selfish, insensitive and uncaring.

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