Aspergers is sometimes difficult to diagnose as it can present with many other disorders such as:
* Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder • Depressive Disorder • Dysthymia Disorder • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder • Seizure Disorder/Epilepsy • Sensory Integration Dysfunction • Tourette’s Syndrome The diagnosis is usually done by a Psychiatrist and is a very comprehensive assessment that involves looking at the history, behaviours, an interview with the parents, a psychological assessment and recommendations. If you would like more information, please click on the link below. http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/01/how-aspergers-is-diagnosed.html
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Today, I thought I would post some very good ideas from Mark Hutton’s newsletter I subscribe to about children with Aspergers.
Today, I’d like to talk to you about some very simple – yet highly effective – parenting techniques for Aspergers children. There are many things you can do to help your child better understand the world, and in doing so, make everyone’s lives a little easier.
Remember, they are children just like the rest; they have their own personalities, abilities, likes and dislikes – they just need extra support, patience and understanding from everyone around them. Here are some simple – but very effective techniques:
• Begin early to teach the difference between private and public places and actions, so that they can develop ways of coping with more complex social rules later in life.
• Don’t always expect them to ‘act their age’ they are usually immature and you should make some allowances for this.
• Explain why they should look at you when you speak to them…. encourage them; give lots of praise for any achievement – especially when they use a social skill without prompting.
• Find a way of coping with behavior problems – perhaps trying to ignore it if it’s not too bad or hugging sometimes can help.
• In some young kids who appear not to listen – the act of ‘singing’ your words can have a beneficial effect.”
I will be posting more information on this topic about Autism and Aspergers, as I’m finding that in our schools, we are enrolling more children that are on this spectrum. Because of this, teachers, and parents, are needing more information and strategies to assist them when working with students with Aspergers and Autism.
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