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Young people with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger’s (AS) usually want to fit-in and have relationships with friends and classmates, but they just don’t know how to do so effectively. They lack an understanding of conventional social rules and often “appear” to lack empathy. In order to improve socialization, these “special needs” kids need to learn and focus on socialization from an “intellectual” standpoint. Things that come naturally for children without autism need concentration by those with it.
The ability to navigate everyday social interactions presents significant challenges for kids on the autism spectrum. Social situations that present difficulties can range from the fairly simple (e.g., engaging in a conversation with a peer) to the extremely complex (e.g., determining whether a peer who seems friendly is actually harmful in some way).
Examples of important social skills to be taught to HFA and AS children include (but are not limited to):

 

 

Source: My Aspergers Child: Helping Kids on the Autism Spectrum to “Fit-In” with Their Peer Group

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A diagnosis of Asperger’s (AS) or High-Functioning (HFA) not only changes the life of the youngster diagnosed, but also that of parents and siblings. Many moms and dads of an AS or HFA youngster must deal with a significant amount of stress related to expensive therapies and treatments, therapy schedules, home treatments, managing job responsibilities, and juggling family commitments.

While some children on the spectrum and their families cope well with the additional challenges that autism brings, for many others, the impact can be overwhelming.  Children with AS and HFA face many issues (e.g., the persistent challenge of trying to “fit-in” with their peer group, frustration at not being able to express how they feel, daily anxiety because they can’t make sense of what is happening around them, etc.). As a result, these kids often develop stress-reducing behaviors that can make them appear odd and/or defiant. Some moms and dads even avoid taking their “special needs” youngster out to public places rather than face the reactions from those who don’t understand the disorder. This may cause not only the autistic youngster, but the entire family to become housebound.

 

Source: My Aspergers Child: Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum: The Impact on the Family


Source: My Aspergers Child: Understanding the “Easily Annoyed” Child on the Autism Spectrum


Source: My Aspergers Child: Is a Formal “Diagnosis” of Asperger’s Helpful or Harmful?


Source: My Aspergers Child: Behavioral Interventions for Children with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism


Source: My Aspergers Child: Explaining the “Hidden Curriculum” to Children on the Autism Spectrum


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) present, it’s no surprise that kids and teens diagnosed with Asperger’s (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA)

Source: My Aspergers Child: Behavioral, Emotional and Cognitive Traits of Kids on the Autism Spectrum


Source: My Aspergers Child: Classroom and Homeschooling Strategies for Students with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism


Source: My Aspergers Child: Asperger’s Kids and Problems with Disruption of Routine


Source: My Aspergers Child: Teaching Self-reflection Skills to Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

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