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Asperger Syndrome Behavior

Aspergers is related to developmental disorder, and the various symptoms of this disorder can be seen in a youngster as early as when he or she is just about three years of age. Aspergers is often referred to as a mild form of autism, and medically, such a condition falls under Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASD as well as Pervasive Developmental Disorder or PDD.

Like in autism, the kids with Aspergers lack social interaction capabilities, but in this case delay in learning language or delayed speech recognition is not seen. The youngster with Aspergers usually is born with an average IQ level or sometimes even above the average IQ, which is not to be seen in the autistic kids as autism causes mental retardation. In Aspergers, the youngster learns to speak and to respond to speech in a very normal way. He or she has no difficulty in understanding the language of his parents or teachers, but they lack social interaction skills, and this affects their interpersonal relationships throughout their life.

It is often seen that the kids with Aspergers are completely incapable of understanding the emotions and feelings of others and they show no empathy for anyone around them. Among the other Aspergers behavior are included repetitive actions and concentrated preoccupation with a particular subject, which narrows their interest to a considerable degree. In many cases it is seen that these kids are exceptionally skilled in that particular subject, and their performance in the field excel that of the average person.

A youngster with Aspergers has real difficulty in understanding the perspective of the speaker, and they fail to get the irony or the mockery in the tone of the speaker. People with Aspergers make use of metaphors that are meaningful only to them, and many of them speak in an abnormal pitch. Some of them speak in a very monotonous manner, and some display oddities in speech tone.

Among the various Aspergers characteristics is one of poor motor skills, as most children with this syndrome have been noted to be clumsy. But this characteristic is not good enough to diagnose the person. These kids have great difficulty in acquiring various skills that require motor functionality (e.g., they learn slowly when it comes to riding a bike). They also suffer from sleeping disorders, and they are unable to understand or even describe their individual emotions.

There are several signs of Aspergers, and every mom and dad should use a checklist to make sure that they are able to identify these signs as early in the youngster’s life as possible as the future of the youngster depends on it.

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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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