Defiant, Oppositional Teens with Aspergers: Simple Parenting Techniques that Work Wonders

Parenting a defiant teenager with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism is tough (if you don’t how that is). Here are some quick tips to give parents some relief from the power struggles.

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  1. Hi Mark, my son is 8 years old, diagnosed as high functioning autism aspergers syndrome. At present we are dealing with really bad anxiety, to the point where he cries most days, normally at bed time. He has a really low self esteem and has when he is reprimanded for something he at times says he wants to kill himself. Its really worrying me because he is only 8 and I can only imagine its going to get worse as he does become a teenager.

  2. Dear Mark,

    This could not have come at a better time! My 14 year old Aspie son and my husband butt heads quite a bit and my husband is of the old school that you will mind me and you will respect me because I am your father! So I sat down and read out loud your newsletter. I think it made some sense to my husband, hopefully! Thank you! I think as soon as payday comes I will down load your book on Aspie Teens!


  3. I have a 17 year old grandson with Aspergers who seems to be in a very
    bad situation right now. We are desperately trying to find some help
    in this area. My daughter lives about 45 minutes west of Boston, MA.

    Sean was diagnosed around the 3rd grade. He had all of the usual
    symptons, i.e., he was a dinosaur, pokemon - any character that he
    was into at the time. Always a very easy going boy, probably until he
    hit high school & things started to change. We always felt he was on
    the "lighter" end of Aspergers. He did play baseball in jr. high, and
    has run track thru high school..

    Things have changed and this past year has definitely been the worst.
    He first started to sneak out of the house at night (usually because
    of a girlfriend) and hang out all night. The lying and attitude
    really started. Also got into a lot of smoking pot. It's been on
    thing after another.

    He now has a different girlfriend and started doing the same things.
    Defiant, beligerant, just plain rude. He does not want to follow any
    rules, thinks he should be able to do what he wants and come and go as
    he pleases. Last week was just brutal.

    As of Monday things calmed down a bit and after a phone call with his
    mother he came back home. Also said to her," I love you Mom', which
    I'm not sure if he's ever said on his own. They talked for several
    hours & really felt that they were back on the right track.

    Last nite, came home past curfew with a lip piercing and a totally new
    attitude, again, that he could do whatever he wanted. They talked and
    got nowhere and in the end he told her that he had no respect for her!

    My daughter & her husband really feel they are in a desperate
    situation. She called his councilor who has still not called them
    back. Would you have any advice of what to do or supply us with some
    people in this area that really specialize in Aspergers? They really
    need some help,

  4. This is better advice than was given when I was a teenager and Autism was so litlte understood. thanks for your guidelines.