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Aspergers: Inaccurate Stereotyping

"Is it fair to say that some people unfairly stereotype children and teenagers who have an autism spectrum disorder? It seems to me that society views this population as "trouble-makers" or mentally handicapped - and even dangerous (e.g., they get blamed for some school shootings), which is just plain ignorant in my opinion. What's your opinion please?"

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Pepper said...

I have found the negative stereotyping to be so true - especially in more rural areas (in which I live & teach).
If there is knowledge at all on AS, then it's negative.
Thanks so much for this uplifting and informative post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mark,

Thank you for being so kind. Below is a little blurb about who we are:

Altitude: Partnering with Families operates year-round programs for boys and girls with social cognitive challenges and their families in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
We offer webinars, weekend family programs and summer sleep away camps for junior high and high school students.

Webinar: December 8th at 7:30 pm
"How to talk to your child about his or her Autism Spectrum Diagnosis"

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Location: Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek, CA

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Thanks again!
Anna Cozzi
Program Director, Altitude

Anonymous said...

Hi My daughter is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with aspergers recently and I am looking to find as much information as possible so I can finally understand my beautiful angel she had been diagnosed previously with ADD. She has a big and wonderful heart and I just want to give her the best start in life so she finally feels like she fits somewhere. Jo Edmondston

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have an interesting question. Is Asperger labeled as a disability? Are children with asperger's eligible under special education? The parent keeps telling us that none of us that work with her child, are not educated in this area of asperger's so we really dont know what we are doing? Help again. We are doing the best we can as a multidisciplinary team with his meltdowns and now are trying so many different things to have him do his work and the rewards system does not work for us here at school. What more can we do and i am so tempted to buy your book, maybe their are some of our answers in your book.

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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