Help for Parents with 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.

The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” teenagers do not take into account the many issues facing a child with a neurological disorder. Violent rages, self-injury, isolation-seeking tendencies and communication problems that arise due to auditory and sensory issues are just some of the behaviors that parents of teens with Aspergers will have to learn to control.

Parents need to come up with a consistent disciplinary plan ahead of time, and then present a united front and continually review their strategies for potential changes and improvements as the Aspergers teen develops and matures.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am at the end of my rope. My 17 year old son, Marcus, is so depressed.

It wasn't until this past year that he started showing these signs. Up until then, he seemed fine (aside from the confusion of it all). After reading several articles, I realize that his signs of depression are all classic and
he has recently been placed with Psychiatric counsel and medication (Zoloft).

Today, I read some of his journal that I had given him back in the summer. I was HORRIFIED! He spoke often of taking his own life along with those who've emotionally tortured him. In almost every statement, he used
explicatives that I'd never imagine him saying. We've raised him in a Christian enviornment and would never tolerate either of our children to speak that way. It's funny- in his journal, he always opened this thoughts with prayer. Usually prayer to God to just please help him die.
Oh my! Where do I go from here? I've stayed home from work today
to sort a few things out.

Yes, he had spoken of suicide before and has even tried to harm himself.

These were "scrapes" on his elbow that I questioned and he hid the
truth from me until weeks later when he confessed that he intentionally tried to cut himself. That's what caused us to seek help.

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