Parents of children with Aspergers need all the resources they can get.
But where can they begin? If you type the word “Aspergers” into the search engines, you’ll come up with over 5 million results!
As I was thinking about this topic, I wanted to bring you a targeted list of resources you can bookmark and come back to from time to time. This particular list is going to include online articles, online support communities, and a couple of my recommendations (a product and a couple of parenting coaches). I’ll be up front that I am an affiliate for one of the coaches, and of the product I’m recommending).
Aspergers Parenting Blogs and Articles
My Aspergers Child
I’ve stopped by this blog for the last couple months. Mark Hutten is a master’s trained counselor who works with adolescents and parents. He’s put together a very comprehensive site with very helpful content. Here’s just one example of the great content he produces: it’s a video of parenting tips for raising Aspies.
His site includes a handbook about Aspergers, videos, a free weekly newsletter with parenting tips, and more!
Symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome and Parenting Strategies
This article is a general introduction to Aspergers syndrome. If your child has been recently diagnosed, this is a great resource to share with others who are trying to understand the condition. Instead of going through your elevator speech each time, you can just print out multiple copies of this article and hand one to each person who asks what Aspergers is. The author has provided a helpful list of parenting tips on page 3 of the article.
Aspergers Syndrome and Your Child
This article, from Family Education.Com, is a very helpful overview, once again, of Aspergers syndrome. It’s more than an article, however: it’s a resource page with links to a lot of other articles under the following categories:
- About Aspergers Syndrome (characteristics and symptoms)
- Strategies (tips on how to deal and work with a child with Aspergers Syndrome)
- Aspergers Checklist (you can print out the lists on the resource page to aid in diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome in your child)
- Diagnosis and Evaluation Tools: find information on the diagnosis and types of Asperger’s syndrome)
Online Aspergers Parenting Communities
Parenting Aspergers Community
I’ll be honest: I have not been part of this community, nor am I that familiar with the site itself. But as I was researching the topic of online support for parenting children with Aspergers, this was one of the main sites that came up.
You’ll need to know that in exchange for the online parenting information and support there is a monthly membership fee (I’m not an affiliate for this site) of $19.95 or a yearly fee of $159.
Life With Aspergers
You’ll very much enjoy this blog. In fact, the author gave me permission to reprint some of his articles on the subject of employment and Aspergers. The great thing about this blog is that it’s written by an adult with Aspergers who also has kids. This page from his site contains “series” of articles he has written on different topics. One series is called “So Your Child Has Aspergers.” It’s written specifically to a parent who emailed soon after her child was diagnosed with Aspergers.
How To Raise A Happy, Successful Child With Aspergers
This is the guide for which I’m an affiliate. I don’t promote resources lightly on this blog.
The author, Dave Angel, is a social worker who has worked with families and individuals with Aspergers since 2006.
This Parenting Resource Guide is a guide for helping your child in almost any situation.
Mr. Angel describes some of the features and benefits of this guide:
Your Practical Toolkit For Raising A Happy And Successful Child With Aspergers
1. The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide is a simple guide which gives you the parent the simple yet highly effective tips, strategies and techniques to help you cope with and manage your child’s behavioral and emotional needs.
2. Based on tried and trusted methods that have worked with Aspergers children all over the world, the guide will give you greater control and stability in both your child’s and your family’s lives, and let you to manage your child with Aspergers’ symptoms in a simple and less painful way.
3. My goal in offering this resource is simple: I want to take all the experience, expert information and great ideas from both me and my colleagues and give them to you. That way you have a hugely valuable resource packed solid with advice, fresh ideas and solutions to the problems you face on a day-to-day basis.
4. You can have it with you all the time and can use it to overcome the day-to-day problems in parenting a child with Aspergers. The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide will be like having your own expert Aspergers team in a small corner of your living room gently supporting and advising you to make the right decisions for you and your child every second of the day.
Aspergers Parenting Coaches
Connie is a licensed clinical social worker I’ve come to respect and admire through Twitter and through reading her articles at her site, Parent Coaching For Autism. I’m not an affiliate, but I would be, if she had an affiliate program!
Here’s a bit of information about her, from her site:
For over twenty years, Connie Hammer, social worker, parent educator and parent coach, has been energetically guiding frustrated, lost and confused parents to meet their parenting hopes and dreams with her amazing skills. Her coaching clients consistently describe her as “the instruction manual the stork forgot to leave” – an interactive one at that. She is very adept at customizing her support to each unique circumstance so parents can joyfully and successfully parent the child they were meant to have despite any physical, cognitive, social or emotional challenges. She will fine-tune any parent-child connection to function at its best. Her pledge to you is, “Invite me to become your parenting partner and I will transform your parenting world.”
I’m a proud supporter and affiliate for Brian King. Why? Because he is a triple winner! He’s got three kids with Aspergers; he has Aspergers; and he is a licensed clinical social worker with over 40 years in the field!
You’ll see a blurb about him and his programs at the end of every one of my articles. Check out his site, Spectrum Mentor, for some great resources for parents. There’s so much there that I’m just going to tell you to head on over there and check it all out 🙂
photo credit: BuckDaddy
I hope this information helps you. What other parenting sites would you recommend for parents who have children on the autism spectrum? The lines are open!
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