The Asperger syndrome is a high functioning autism. Many people have trouble distinguishing between the two. It is a syndrome that is actually less known and children that suffer from it most times don’t get the appropriate response.
Children that suffer from the Asperger syndrome are surprisingly very bright and eloquent but have a problem with socializing. Thatis, aspects such as maintaining eye contact, sustaining a reasonable conversation. This is in contrary to autistic children who have issues with speech.
Some of the distinguishing features to determine whether your child suffers from Asperger Syndrome include:
- Communication and socializing difficulties
- Odd repetitive behaviors such as finger twisting or hand wagging in a particular motion.
- Unusual rituals or doing some things in a particular order
- Limited or almost obsessive interests in a few areas
- Exceptional talent in a particular skill
Some of the ways to deal with a child suffering from the Asperger Syndrome are:
DEVELOP AND EMPHASIZE ON YOUR CHILD’S STRENGTHS
Children suffering from the Asperger Syndrome are often very bright and talented.Therefore, instead of focusing on the child’s anti-social nature, first appreciate his/her strengths, embrace them and intentionally work on developing them. Forexample, if your child is good at memorizing, help them in memorizing poems, multiplication tables, phrases, counties, memoryverses etc. Thatis, something that could boost their sef-esteem.If your child is interested in co-curricular activities such as swimming, football, athletics, make sure you expose them as much as possible to build the interest and this will also create a platform for interaction.
HAVE SPECIFIC RULES AND CONSISTENT EXPECTATIONS
Children suffering with the Asperger syndrome have a difficulty adjusting to alteration of rituals. This may lead to confusion and frustration. Therefore to make things a bit easier to handle make sure you limit changes around the home especially when it comes to the order your child does things for example preparing themselves. This may look like you are condoning the weakness, but forcefully trying to change your child may lead to withdrawal. So if you are intending to adjust, do it slowly and with less pressure.
KEEP VIDEO GAMES AND OTHER SCREEN BASED MEDIA AT BAY
Children who suffer from this syndrome get easily obsessed with the computers and video-games. This, if not controlled may lead to addiction and sleeping fewer hours. Therefore, take control and avoid keeping them in your child’s room. To supplement this, try involving your child in other social interests such as swimming, tennis and other games that would improve them socially.
DON’T EXPECT THEM TO ACT THEIR AGE
Children with this syndrome tend to mature faster than their age so don’t expect them to act their age. Appreciate who they are becoming and encourage them. This definitely means you shouldn’t make them feel different from others.
BE THE SOCIAL MENTOR
As much as it may be a little bit awkward at first, be the one organizing hook-ups for your child. You understand your child better and you would be able to hook them up with that person whom they can have a reasonable conversation with. In a social setting ,be the one to help your child not get in an awkward situation by linking him/her to that person they can ‘click’.
Be that hero for your child. They will thank you in their future.