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Having Aspergers makes it very hard to have social interaction with other people because social skills are hard for someone with Asperger's to understand. What is Asperger's Syndrome ? common characteristics (eye contact) they normally will not look at you when you are talking to them they often don't let other people talk when they are having a conversation because they have a hard time taking turns and listening to the other person they have trouble listening to a topic they don't like they have a hard time with expressions. For example, if you say "it is a piece of cake" instead of "it is easy" they might get upset because there is no cake in the room they might think there is only one answer to a question that can have more than one answer How you can help There are many ways you can help a child with Aspergers some ways are, try to understand their differences and be friendly It can be hard for them to make friends with other kids because they don't understand facial expressions. If they did not understand the teacher then you can
help them by saying what the teacher said but in
easier words so they understand you. they have a hard time when something is going to change because they don't like when something changes in their routine You could remind them when something is going to be different because it is hard for them to be prepared for change Rules One of the things that got me interested in this topic was a book I read a couple of years ago called Rules
Rules is about a girl who has a brother with Autism. She has to go to the special training and there she meets a boy. He really likes rules and can't stand when people break the rules. He also thinks that there is only one way to do some thing. He has Asperger's. She helps him learn that there are different ways to do some things and she helps him learn new rules that can't be broken. I asked questions about Asperger's and Autism. Dylan While I was reading the book Rules, I found out that my cousin was being tested for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. His name is Dylan. He is another reason that I got interested in the topic. He is very smart. He can memorize and recite the words to a whole movie. One thing Dylan is not so good at is when there are two right answers to a question. They call this cognitive inflexibilty. Another thing that Dylan has trouble with is change. He has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome references Higley, Janet. Personal interview. 11 Feb. 2013. The book rules
by Cynthia Lord i like chese Wylie, Karen. Personal interview. 13 Feb. 2013. common characteristics (cont.) Try to include them in some of the activities you do because it will help them practice their social skills Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Scholastic Inc, 2006. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Miller-Wilson, Kate. "Parents Guide to Teaching Kids with Autism", Web. 17 Feb. 2013 <http://autism.lovetoknow.com>. Hardy, Marcelina. "Asperger's Syndrome Checklist," Web 17 Feb. 2013. <http://autism.lovetoknow.com>. Hutten, Mark. Website Owner. "My Aspergers Child: Help for Parents with Children who have Aspergers/High Functioning Autism." 17 Feb. 2013 definition from website: www.autismspeaks.org Dylan - Cognitive Inflexibility Dylan was learning about people in the community and his mom was testing him. She said, " Who is some one who can help you when you are lost?" and he said "policeman." His mom said that police officer was also right. Dylan did not think it was right. He did not understand that they were the same thing. Dylan doesn't like change Dylan has a brother and a sister and when they pick a bedtime story to read he always likes to choose the story. My Aunt Janet wanted him to take turns. So she made a calendar to show whose turn it is. He still doesn't like it when it is not his turn, but he accepts it because that is what the calendar says. Asperger's Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?