Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder characterized by a difficulty in relating to others socially and having behavior and thinking pattern that is rigid and repetitive. Generally, children with this disorder can speak with other people and perform fairly well in school. The difficulty comes in understanding social situations and subtle forms of communication like humor, sarcasm, and body language. A behavior analyst may be necessary for the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Behavior therapy is helpful for children with Asperger’s. But as parents, we should know how to deal with them first and foremost. You should know that once there is a diagnosis, it is important to accept it wholeheartedly, then you’ll know how to raise your child properly and appropriately. Once you have accepted your child for who he is, raising him despite the disorder will come easy.
It is vital for parents to expose their child to social situations as these will allow opportunities for them to work through their child. Coddling or sheltering the child from social situations might just set him or her off. When it comes to explaining, parents must be clear and avoid expecting that their child already knows how to behave in different social settings. Patience is always the key. You should also embrace your child’s passion, humor, energy, and creativity as a child with Asperger’s show unique styles and behaviors. Having a “safe word” between you and your child will also help in times where he or she is in a troubling or confusing situation. Lastly, the improvement of your child must be assessed regularly through our behavior analysis in Florida.