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Rage-Control for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Advice for Parents and Teachers

"Any tips for dealing with a high functioning autistic child who flips into a rage at the most inopportune times for no apparent reason whatsoever? This erratic behavior occurs at school as well."

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Hello Everyone: I have been a member of this website for about a son is 5 years old and has a diagnosis of Hypoplasia of the Corpus Callosum, Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder. The reason I am writing all of you is because my neighbor has come to me for advice. She has a 10 year old son who has been diagnosed with ADHD and takes meds....not sure what??....anyway, she was recently told by the school that they thought her son had Aspergers and she should talk to her Pediatrician. She came to me because she knows about my son and his "issues" and she asked my was hard but I said Yes, I too think he has Aspergers. I urged her to get an evaluation but I don't know where to start because her son is much older and getting a later diagnosis. So, my questions are........what resources are helpful for this age group to get started on this journey? What websites, books, etc. can you recommend for her? She is VERY overwhelmed right now......which I can imagine because I have been there and I am sure you can relate too! Thank you in advance for any help or advice you can offer!!!!!

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Concerned parent said...

In the USA, schools conduct the evaluation on an educational basis, it is the law. Being that the school suggested an evaluation, they should pay for it. A medical diagnosis is different than an educational diagnosis. Tell your neighbor to approach the school administration and request a full psycho-educational evaluation immediately or they will have a complete independent evaluation conducted at the district's expense.

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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