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Disclosing Your Child's Aspergers or HFA Diagnosis to Others


•    Anonymous said… I am not so quick to fully disclose the Aspergers/ADHD with teachers in grades higher than elementary school. Partial, yes, when needed. Why? Because in the hands of the right teacher, a disclosure is helpful and gives them information that helps the teacher support the weak areas of an HFA child. However, in the hands of the wrong teacher, the disclosure is used to belittle, berate, and bully the HFA child instead of providing the requested support.
•    Anonymous said… I agree with you but have seen the stigmatizing and bullying over and over again. The other thing I've seen is that with a "diagnosis" there is labeling. All this makes it tough to figure out the actual individual potential.
•    Anonymous said… Speaking as an elementary teacher with a lot of background and experience in cognitive impairment and learning disabilities and some with ASD, it is helpful to get information up front. Then I don't have to waste time reinventing the wheel, so to speak. I appreciate getting that insight from parents so that our partnership can begin immediately. And anyone who would berate, belittle, or bully ANY child has no right to call themselves a teacher.
•    Anonymous said… I have struggled with labeling my whole career and also as the sister of a developmentally disabled woman. I have made peace with it if the "label" allows the child to receive appropriate support.
•    Anonymous said… I've been a psychiatric professional for 35 years and watched my clients and their families struggle with labels. 3rd party payments demand labels but treatment and forward movement demand knowing the uniqueness of the needs of the individual.  It helps when teachers and friends understand that the label isn't the person.

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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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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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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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Highly Effective Research-Based Parenting Strategies for Children with Asperger's and HFA

Become an expert in helping your child cope with his or her “out-of-control” emotions, inability to make and keep friends, stress, anger, thinking errors, and resistance to change.

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