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Promoting Independence in Adolescence: Help for Aspergers Teens

The teen years can be difficult whether or not your child has Asperger's. In situations where he does, however, there are special challenges that differ depending on the youngster. Some moms and dads find themselves dealing with a teen who is a loner, who has few friends, and focuses on one or more hobbies. This type of youngster is independent in some ways, but lacks the maturity to truly be independent in life.

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Anonymous said...

Promoting independence should be a life long thing. Why wait to start teaching them until teen years? Start early.

Unknown said...

i have been trying to socalize my 14yr old. the other day we went to my mother inlaws and had some friend stop by. it was the frist time i actually got him to goin in a big group and really participate without running for the hills. after about 2 hrs our guest had left and things seemed to be going well. my husband had been working night shift so he took a nap in his old room while his mom and i cleaned up. selena my 3yr old daughter was playing with bruce like normal when he started becoming very aggitated. fortunatly he came to me and was trying to express himself when he lost it he grabbed ahold of me and started shaking me. then he froze it was as if he didnt realize what he was doing. this was one of the lighter of his melt downs but it was progress because he was able to regroup and come back. i dont know what more i can do to help him. he is taller and much stronger then i it does scare me. but we will continue to move foward and work at it

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the ASD 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 Children on the Spectrum

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 or HFA child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and your 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 Teens on the Spectrum

Although Aspergers [high-functioning autism] is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager on the spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the 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 ASD 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 ASD 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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