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Intervention Programs for Aspergers Children

Question

We found out 4 weeks ago that my son has aspergers and possible ADHD plus sensory issues. I do not know where to begin. I feel as though I am getting nowhere …some intervention programs we have contacted don’t give much information …I am starting to work out what aspergers is and what it means … I went to a work shop and I did not find that helpful at all …they were meant to narrow down the best intervention programs out there but they never did. The team that told us our son has aspergers sort of said “here you go, this is what he has off you go find an intervention program.”

We have looked at a few but they don’t seem right for our son, no one can help me and advise me what intervention program is best for my son … we sort of want a program that is related to aspergers. No one can help us find a course or workshops to teach our son at home the skills the therapist will teach him.

If anyone can help me narrow down good intervention programs for aspergers or if there is any workshops, or books, or DVD’s that can give us advise tips how to teach our son on communication, social, meltdowns we would be so grateful to anyone.

Answer

Here's a great resource:
The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide: A Complete Resource Guide For Parents Who Have Children Diagnosed With Aspergers Syndrome.

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