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Asperger’s and Social Outings: Don’t leave it to chance

Aspergers syndrom

The Challenge In my work with parents, it’s all too common to hear the concern that their child, with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s, initially tends to ‘fit-in’ but, invariably, peers begin to notice peculiar tendencies, and social immaturity, and then shy away from their child. Of course, this causes distress, sadness, and frustration for everyone involved. The Dilemma Parents want to promote their child’s independence, and give them opportunities to socialize. Consequently, they’ll let their children play in the neighborhood, or participate in a sport or activity. However, again, invariably there are problems and the child feels distressed. The Answer It is vital and necessary to encourage social opportunities for children with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s. The key is to “success” is four-fold: 1.) Provide ongoing, child-friendly, rehearsal of social skills, and preparation for the social encounter. 2.) Monitor the social situation. The ‘monitoring’ is done by an adult who ...

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Parents of Severely Ill Children See Benefits As Caregivers, Says Study…

Dr. John Carosso added the following, in this research, parents of severely ill children report the deep meaning and reward in providing care (yes, the stress is reported as significant, but so are the reward and growth): Benefits often coexist with the negative and stressful outcomes for parents who have a child born with or later diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, says a recent study led by a researcher at the University of Waterloo. While the challenges are numerous and life-changing and stress levels high, the vast majority of parents who participated in the Waterloo-led research reported positive outcomes as well, a phenomenon known as posttraumatic growth. The findings appear in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. “What is pivotal is the meaning the parents make – what it means to them to be a parent who is doing more than parenting: they are care-giving as ...

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