How To Help Your Child Through the Social Jungle at School

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TranslatorHow can parents help their children with Aspergers and autism spectrum navigate the social jungle at school? I’m grateful to Connie Hammer, a licensed clinical social worker and parenting coach, for her permission to share one of her articles on this very subject. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome at the beginning of any [...]

How to Teach Children With Aspergers to Start a Conversation

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TranslatorStarting a conversation, for a child with mild autism or Aspergers, can be a real challenge. Children with Aspergers will either butt in and start talking about their favorite interests, or they may give up, and keep to themselves, alone and preoccupied with their ‘own world.’ These children may desperately wish to fit in, but [...]

You Can Find the Beginning of People Smarts Here

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TranslatorAs a therapist working with children with Asperger’s syndrome, I find it most helpful to begin teaching social skills with an explanation of what I will be helping them do in our sessions together.  A child with Asperger’s is usually average to very smart in the areas of facts and black-and-white rules.  Unfortunately, people smarts [...]

Who Else Wants Friendship and Dating Tips for Aspergers Young People?

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TranslatorWhile reading about some of the social challenges that young people with Aspergers face, I came across a letter written by a young man in a private high school.  He wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper.  He realized that he was different from his peers, and he was embarrassed that he had [...]

Do You Recognize the Gifts of Children With Aspergers?

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TranslatorI was so excited to come across an awesome video by Temple Grandin.  Dr. Grandin has her PhD in Animal Science, and is the author of multiple books on autism.  She is a professor at Colorado State University, and has become an advocate and spokesperson for persons with Autism and Aspergers. Dr. Grandin argues for [...]