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Aspergers Children: Tips for Completing Assignments


Can you offer tips for completing assignments?


Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have the same motivational needs as other kids. Sometimes less, and other times, a lot more motivation is needed to accomplish the same assignment. However, children with Asperger’s will always have the need for a little extra help due to the weaknesses created by the syndrome.

Because Asperger’s affects functional skills in socialization and communication, teachers and parents will need to get creative in order to find ways to help these kids succeed. Here are a few tips to help with school assignments:
  1. Children with Asperger’s crave order, structure and routine. These desires can be utilized to help with assignment completion. Classroom time for the child with Asperger’s must be an organized and structured environment. Consistent structure will provide comfort, allowing the child to make progress on his assignments.
  2. Use visual schedules for children with Asperger’s Syndrome. They need a balanced schedule that will alternate core subjects with chances to de-stress, usually with structured down time. For example, the student may be scheduled for an hour of math, thirty minutes for lunch, and then an hour of music. Assuming that music is a class he thoroughly enjoys, that hour would be his time to de-stress.
  3. Allowing further breakdown of assignments into mini-assignments will also help ensure successful completion. This breakdown will appeal to the child’s sense of order as he sees each step is simply written and manageable.
  4. The breakdown of assignments into steps leads to another suggestion. Additional time is useful when assigning work to a student with Asperger’s. Children with Asperger’s may find additional time helpful to complete their assignments. Meeting a deadline on an assignment can create stress that causes the child to become completely overwhelmed, wiping out any chance of completing the assignment.
  5. Teachers of children with Asperger’s should also keep in mind the need to use straightforward instructions stated simply and clearly. Language is difficult for kids with Asperger’s Syndrome. Sarcasm and slang go right over their heads. Remember that they need to know what, when, and how. Basic instruction goes a long way.
  6. Finally, praise the student for the work that is completed. Praise from his teacher will motivate the child with Asperger’s and the typical child alike. Teachers should always praise their students if possible. Children with Asperger’s may have weaknesses to battle, but praise is a weapon that can be used successfully in the classroom.


Anonymous said...

Completing assignments wasn't the issue for us was the handing it in, we would do a back pack clean out and find all the finished assignments that he didn't hand in.
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Anonymous said...

Brenda Garza For homework we use a timer. He works for 15 minutes then we do some OT activities for 5 minutes, then repeat. Works much better than fighting with him and he likes watching the timer go down.
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Anonymous said...

Megan Daoust
Oh, yes, the stuffed completed assignments. I've had that, too. With communication between our family and the teacher, it was pretty well dealt with. We also have used a timer to great success, or "finish this first part, then take a break." I allow "screen-free" free time between parts. It has worked very well. We also have 30 minutes of outside free time before starting. In foul weather, he is allowed to use screens instead for the 30 minutes.
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