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Planning Ahead for the New School Year: Tips for Parents of Kids on the Spectrum

As the dog days of August draw near, you may be redirecting your attention from summer camps and family vacations to the return to school. Soon you will be restocking the supply of pencils, notebooks, calculators, backpacks – as well as doing some new clothes shopping.

Some of us as parents wait until the last minute and forget to address some of the most essential back-to-school preparations. The one nice thing about these preparations is they usually don’t cost anything. 

So, this is a good time to be looking ahead to a new school year. And as such, here are several articles to get you headed in the right direction with your Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autistic child:

  1. Back To School Preparations
  2. Behavioral Problems at School
  3. Homework Problems
  4. Poor School Attendance
  5. Back-to-School Separation Anxiety
  6. IEP and ARD Documents
  7. Back-to-School Quick Tip Sheet
  8. Children Who Refuse To Go To School
  9. Effective Academic Accommodations
  10. Adjusting to the School Environment
  11. Alleviating School-Related Stress
  12. Avoiding The Back To School Jitters
  13. Avoiding Back-to-School Meltdowns and Tantrums
  14. Poor Academic Performance and Behavioral Problems
  15. Working with Schools to Develop an IEP
  16. Preparing Your Child for Transition to Middle-School
  17. Helping Aspergers Students Transition To High School  

Here's to a great year!

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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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