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Helping Students with Aspergers and HFA: Snapshot for Teachers

Children with Asperger's and high-functioning autism will respond quite well to specific classroom adaptations. Here are the recommended methods teachers can employ with their "special needs" students...
 
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I will pass this on. I know that the school (e.g., counselors, teachers, psychologist) are sick of me, but this is for the kids coming behind my daughter. My daughter will be leaving and going to high school next year (talking proper placement now with the county) and I am sure they are ecstatic. However, I have found the staff to be rigid, clueless and downright rude to me. They just don't understand. They think because Amina is bright that she can do things easily. Thanks for this information.

Anonymous said...

I am an educator and the mom of an Aspie. In April, for "Autism Awareness", I have received permission from my principal to talk to the staff at my school about Aspies in the classroom -- this article will be perfect! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

how can i get this article to my daughters teacher without offending her. The teacher is having a difficult time with my daughters behavior and I do believe it is due to the teacher, because she has never taught pre-k children who have an IEP . any advice would help

Anonymous said...

If it were me, I would print a few & say you found this interesting & you thought some of the teachers would too :)

Anonymous said...

Printing :) so as not to offend any one individual copies for all the teachers involved in the childs day from gym to librarian as not eveyone is equally trained....can be a king blanket of shared information at the beginning of the year with the new "team" ;)

liz said...

This is all great stuff .. but try getting teachers to take the time ... they don't. I find myself constantly defending why my aspie son does what he does and all i get is ''we know he can do it '' ... well yeah i am sure he can if you put it forth differently ! But again ... they dont... I am so sick of hearing the same things over and over . Its like what word dont you understand ...the doctors diagnosis is Aspergers ,look it up ,research it ..its not just a behavioral thing ..there are reasons as to why they do what they do .

liz said...

this is all great advice and things to do but try getting the public schools and teachers to go the xtra mile with these kids ,they wont .

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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