Can anybody guide me how to read about parental guidance on Asperger's syndrome?

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  • TX Mom
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    1 decade ago
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    NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org may have information about asperger's, as well as referrals to drs & therapists.

    I have a son who is just a smidge away from asperger's, just a little more functional (he has PDD). I don't know if you can learn how to handle your child without training. We had our son in Children's Hospital (Dallas, TX) psychiatric ward for 6 weeks. They taught us what works and what doesn't, a discipline plan, a reward system, what we couldn't expect our son to do and what we could. They tested him up one side and down the other, found some problem areas where we would need to advise his teachers of a learning disability, he has a high IQ, esp in electrical devices, physics & robotics. He also has ADD and is bipolar.

    That's where I got my training (my hus, too), and while Joel has grown leaps and bounds since then (he's 17), esp in social skills, in areas like impulse control, being able to see consequences before commiting the action, and general organizational skills, he's still years behind. Responsibility is only available if he's really jazzed about something.

    We've found meds that have helped drastically, esp grade/behavior-wise and mood stability.

    If I can help you in any way, e-mail me.

    Debbie

  • 1 decade ago

    Three recommedations:

    Talk to the doctor that diagnosed your children. The psychologist or mental health professional should be able to offer you much assistance. If not they can point you to helpful people in your area.

    Talk to people in your school district. If your child is of school age (3 to 21 in most places), they can be receiving services usually for free. They should be able to provide you with lots of resources as well.

    Talk to other parents. Talk to the people who have been exactly where you are now. Although every case of Aspergers is different, they will definitely be a shoulder to lean on for you. They may also have some great reading or knowledge to share with you.

    The other thing is that you shouldn't be ashamed, embarassed, etc because of the diagnosis. No one really know why these syndromes occur, so you're certainly not to blame.

  • 5 years ago

    Try 'The Curious Incident of the Dog within the Night-Time' through Mark Haddon. It is a fictional e-book and the most important individual; Christoper Boone has Asperger's Syndrome. This e-book opened my eyes to Asperger's Syndrome.

  • 1 decade ago

    The most important thing to know about Aspergers is that if you have met one child with Aspergers, you have only met ONE person with Aspergers -- in other words, each person has their own, individual and unique set of charecteristics and behaviors. Not only is Aspergers a "spectrum" disorder, so some people with AS may have severe or very blatant symptoms while other may have mild ones, there is no formula that applies. Some researchers have used the term "polar-opposites" in terms of behaviors -- so one individual may have a need to maintain rigid routines, while another may not. One person may be very strict about getting to appointments on time and the other may always be late. There are some excellent books on AS -- you should check link for "children" here: http‭://‬tinyurl.com/3675ub

    Hope that helps

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  • 1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    My 5Th grader grandson has aspergers and ADHD and he is a pure delight to me. I am so sold on this kid. He brought home his grades this week and he aced science and social studies and got 97 in communication and 92 in math. He is the most computer literate kid in his grade and has a library of almost 1000 books more than half are on aspects of science.

    Does he have trouble relating to other children his age...Yep!

    Is he headstrong and high maintenance...Yep! But Oh my the rewards! His conditions are not a disability but a different ability. Now factor in that both his mom and his dad are candidates for sheltered workshops with IQs below 70 who graduated having never been in a mainstream class room. He is already outgrown them academically and gaining ground every year. My only worry is that his Grandfather and I are in our late 60s and not in good health.

    My advice is to give the child every educational chance and oppertunity you can afford to give him. This grandson begain one on one play therapy classes at age two because he was non-verbal and a head banger...but age three he was diagnoised with both of these conditions. He began headstart at three and entered kindergarden reading at age five. He was doing fraction and division in his head at 6 and singing multible verse songs like "Love potion #9" and " The national Anthem" soon after that. I believe his so called "disability" is a blessing and no one will ever make me think otherwise.

  • 1 decade ago

    Best thing to do is call your local childrens hospital and ask for mental health. Once you've got someone from that area of the hospital on the phone, ask them to recommend some reading materials. Also ask of they know of any support groups in your area.

    The library is good place to start as well.

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