"Autism & Memoirs of an Old Maid"…C'hele's Story

May 14, 2007

Autism: I’m Not A Bad Parent! I’m A Parent Of A Child With Asperger’s Syndrome ~ Part II

Filed under: Aspberger Syndrome, Autism, Special Needs — C'hele @ 16:19

 Part Two:

The definition of Asperger’s Syndrome: “A neurological disorder that effects a person’s social and communication skills.”I have to stress that all autism along the spectrum disorders continuum, is “not” a psychological or environmental disorder. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome are often thought to display a normal range of language but this is not the case. They are capable of learning how to memorize and later recognize things, ideas, and strategies. However, their ability to “comprehend” them is their biggest challenge. Their skill for processing information (expressive and receptive language) is an enormous ordeal for them. They know deep in their hearts and minds what it is they want to relate to others but getting it from their brains to their mouths is often a huge hurdle. It becomes muddled along the way and the end result is overwhelming frustration and anger. This eventually becomes a self-esteem issue as they are highly conscious of looking stupid to others. This can result into a full blown melt-down that may otherwise manifest to others as a common “tantrum.” People then quickly assume that you have a horrible child and “you, the parent,” are automatically responsible.People who work with Autistic children are immediately taught that “all behaviour is communication,” and to learn to “never” take their behaviour personally. With each Autistic child we work with, we are taught right away to look for any antecedents of any kind that may occur in order to avoid behaviour from manifesting. It is important to show respect, consideration and most importantly, active listening when this behaviour occurs and teach them what is appropriate or not, and assist them in their request. The children of AS who display more strengths than other AS children (this would be my daughter), often mislead others very quickly. As these kids grow up, they become very adept in covering up their challenges. People often perceive them as “odd, awkward, different or strange” as these kids view their world very differently. People who work with or have AS children might say that these kids live within their own world, literally.To be continued….C’hele

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