The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) now refers to Asperger syndrome as “Level 1 Autism,” also informally called “high-functioning autism” (HFA). However, this only applies to the U.S. In the rest of the world, the disorder is still referred to as Asperger syndrome. So, I will be using these two terms interchangeably, because they are fundamentally the same disorder with two different names. Having said that…
“Parenting Children and Teens with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism”
is a 4-part downloadable eBook (along with audio instruction) designed to help parents of Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autistic kids who are experiencing behavioral difficulties. The program contains prevention, identification, and intervention strategies for the most destructive of autism-related behaviors.
Although Asperger’s is at the milder end of the autism spectrum (i.e., high-functioning autism), the challenges parents face when raising a child on the autism spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an “average” child. Complicated by problematic behavior, the Asperger’s or HFA child is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels, unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child’s special needs.
The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” children and teens do not take into account the many issues facing a youngster with a neurological disorder. Meltdowns, shutdowns, aggression, sensory sensitivities, self-injury, isolation-seeking, and communication problems that arise due to auditory and sensory issues are just some of the behaviors that parents of these young people will have to learn to control.
Parents need to come up with a consistent parenting plan ahead of time, and then present a united front and continually review their strategies for potential changes and improvements as the Asperger’s or HFA child develops and matures.
Kids on the autism spectrum possess a unique set of attitudes and behaviors:
Social Skills— Social conventions are a confusing maze
Source: My Aspergers Child: Parenting System that Reduces Problematic Behavior in Children with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism