Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders


Teaching Tips for Children with Aspergers

Here are the main teaching strategies to keep in mind if you have an Aspergers (High-Functioning Autism) student:

The Complete Guide to Teaching Students with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism


Anonymous said...

Hi Mark,

I stumbled upon a website called My Aspergers Child and began reading. Much of what I read was directed towards parents. Then I saw your books and read a little about you. I writing to you today to ask if there is anything out there for teachers.

I am a seventh grade teacher. School has just begun and I am in a new building this year. I've had a student assigned to my caseload who was newly diagnosed with Aspergers one year ago (sixth grade). They told me he is somewhat of an anomaly; however, after some reading, he sounds more typical than not. Very intelligent, constant power struggles, meltdowns, and everything else mentioned. Frankly, district cadre and those that have worked with him have made me very nervous.

Here is my dilemma. They wanted me to "get to know" this kid and present and "go over" his plan with him. His "plan" involved an office for when he has a meltdown. Well, my gut feeling said not to get in his face and tell him how it is going to be when he doesn't even know me yet. He HATES the idea of a plan for this year, and so far, he is doing exactly what he is supposed to do. Furthermore, to me, an office sounds like more of a positive reinforcement for bad behavior rather than a consequence, because they tell me he likes it. I'm a bit stumped and want to help.

I didn't know if I should buy a book written for parents or not. Oh, and by the way, his mom is a behavior therapist and a single parent. Just looking for a little direction please. I need to build a relationship with this student so he can be successful but I just don't think administration is giving sound advice. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks for your time,


Anonymous said...

Try here for starters:

Mark Hutten

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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