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Occupational Therapy for Younger Aspergers Children

One of the best resources for younger children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism is occupational therapy. Of the different types of therapy, occupational therapy is one of the more practical and easy to understand therapies a child can benefit from. Some Aspergers children lack basic skills, such as self-care, dressing themselves, eating skills and other life skills that occupational therapy can address. Often, occupational therapy uses play therapy and other kinds of skills to address areas involving fine motor and gross motor skills.

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Anonymous said...

Mine is 9 and I still bathe him, remind him to dress, comb his hair and take his vitamins. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I also have these issues with my 10 yr old. Help him dress, brush his teeth,etc.. He still can't tie his shoes and we don't trust him wiping himself since he never does it right! Hope this gets better soon!

Anonymous said...

If you figure it out, please let me know! Mine is 11 and doesn't want to do anything for himself, doesn't even want to try. It's really frustrating!

Anonymous said...

Mine is 8. We just got fully potty trained. I still brush his teeth at night. Still wears shoes/no laces etc....if you have a good ABA therapist in your area give them a call. If you have an preschool program in your area that is inclusive sign him up. That will give you a break and he will have a visual model of other children doing those things which may make him want to do it as well. My boy is also high-functioning. Hang in there and do not give up.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good comments. My son is 8 and we go through these struggles as well. Things like lacing shoes, I have taken off a list of "things to work on". He has elastic laces. I am in charge of bathing him but give his choices about timing of the washing parts. He has sensory concerns with face cloths so he has a bath pouf! Skills will come. They usually take longer but progress is there. My son works well with a visual checklist of responsibilities
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Anonymous said...

My son is eight. I've never seen him be able to tie his shoes and therefore we give him the velcro shoes. He goes through phases. For a while he had terrible bathroom habits which seem to have stopped. For a while he was biting, which stopped, then it was something else.

Anonymous said...

Mine is 11.doesn't like to brush his I use mouth rinses also the shoes stay tied do he just slips them on.also we keep showers on the same day if possible.very her

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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