Asperger's Children and Resistance to Change: Tips for Parents and Teachers

One very common problem for young people with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism is difficulty adjusting to new situations. Most of them have difficulty adjusting to a new environment, new homes, different teachers at school, or any other major changes in their daily routines. Even new clothes or changes in their favorite food or drink can cause frustration and emotional outbursts. They rigidly stick to old habits, and their rigidity often results in obsessive and/or compulsive thoughts and behaviors. While there are many reasons these kids resist change, most of these reasons have a common source: FEAR.

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  1. Thank you! This was very helpful. My family has gone through so many changes in the past year...I quit my job, my husband took a new job in a different city and was only home on weekends for 5 months, we then moved to a new city, moved again 2 months later, new house, new gigantic school and first public school ever, etc., etc. My 8-year old with AS has done remarkably well, but after reading your article, I wonder if he is just shutting down. I know for a fact that he is not very interactive in class. Nevertheless, your article gives me areas on which to focus, and I really appreciate the cues on what to say.

  2. Yes - thank you! We just moved and I DID mistake compliance for being okay with the move. Now we are dealing with a real retreat into his own world and sleep issues. Thanks for offering some tools to help us all through this - post-move, but still useful, I think.

  3. I can see where some of these ideas will work on my 72 year old undiagnosed AS. Thank you!