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Aspergers Children Want Structure: 2-Minute Tip

Children with Asperger Syndrome do best when there is plenty of structure - both at home and school:



My Aspergers Child: Preventing Tantrums and Meltdowns

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seemed to work better when we had structure.

Anonymous said...

Small amounts help. I sent him to bed the same time each night, we read first and then to bed. He knew he was getting a book and then no questions asked. I also tried to put all of his supplies in his room in separate compartments, this meant I was always resorting them, but when things were thrown all over he would lose focus. I have found in our life, that it was almost impossible to be massively structured, but the things I could control, I did. It is a constant battle for sure. School is another deal, I can not guarantee structure there at all.

Anonymous said...

And what do you do if you cant provide large amounts of structure?

Anonymous said...

Re: And what do you do if you cant provide large amounts of structure? ...Suffer the consequences - and I ain't being funny! Small amounts will count too (and are better than nothing), but will not be as effective as moderate to high amounts of structure. When it comes to Aspergers children, "more is better" in the "structure" department.

Anonymous said...

Small amounts help. I sent him to bed the same time each night, we read first and then to bed. He knew he was getting a book and then no questions asked. I also tried to put all of his supplies in his room in separate compartments, this meant I was always resorting them, but when things were thrown all over he would lose focus. I have found in our life, that it was almost impossible to be massively structured, but the things I could control, I did. It is a constant battle for sure. School is another deal, I can not guarantee structure there at all.

Anonymous said...

Agree completely that children with Aspergers need structure at home and school.

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. Thus, the best treatment for Aspergers children and teens is, without a doubt, “social skills training.”

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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. The hardest part is you feel like you’ll never actually get to know your child and how he/she views the world.

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