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Teaching Tips for Children with Aspergers

Here are the main teaching strategies to keep in mind if you have an Aspergers (High-Functioning Autism) student:

The Complete Guide to Teaching Students with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism


Anonymous said...

Hi Mark,

I stumbled upon a website called My Aspergers Child and began reading. Much of what I read was directed towards parents. Then I saw your books and read a little about you. I writing to you today to ask if there is anything out there for teachers.

I am a seventh grade teacher. School has just begun and I am in a new building this year. I've had a student assigned to my caseload who was newly diagnosed with Aspergers one year ago (sixth grade). They told me he is somewhat of an anomaly; however, after some reading, he sounds more typical than not. Very intelligent, constant power struggles, meltdowns, and everything else mentioned. Frankly, district cadre and those that have worked with him have made me very nervous.

Here is my dilemma. They wanted me to "get to know" this kid and present and "go over" his plan with him. His "plan" involved an office for when he has a meltdown. Well, my gut feeling said not to get in his face and tell him how it is going to be when he doesn't even know me yet. He HATES the idea of a plan for this year, and so far, he is doing exactly what he is supposed to do. Furthermore, to me, an office sounds like more of a positive reinforcement for bad behavior rather than a consequence, because they tell me he likes it. I'm a bit stumped and want to help.

I didn't know if I should buy a book written for parents or not. Oh, and by the way, his mom is a behavior therapist and a single parent. Just looking for a little direction please. I need to build a relationship with this student so he can be successful but I just don't think administration is giving sound advice. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks for your time,


Anonymous said...

Try here for starters:

Mark Hutten

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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