Autism is described as a spectrum disorder. Since there are many aspects to this disorder, it is also necessary to say there are also different types of autism. Some types of autism have specialized syndromes such as “Asperger Syndrome”. Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. For children with Asperger’s syndrome, they can typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics. For instance topics such as “insects” might totally consume your child wanting to know all the facts associated with them, and be consumed by all things insects. This is of course normal behavior for a teenager with Asperger’s, and the biggest challenge will be for the parents on learning how to communicate through this.
Doctors have grouped Asperger’s syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger’s syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum. This being said, a teen with this condition is likely to succeed given the right tools. Exploring options, ideas and resources available allow for this process to be an easier one on the family.
Teenage years are a highly complex time for any teen, especially when the issue of sexuality comes under review. This can be an awkward situation at best, but teaching a teen with a social and communication issues can present an even bigger problem for parents. Don’t wait to try and handle this situation. Talk to doctors and behavioral therapists to learn skills and tools to help navigate through this time. Learning how to “fit in” in social situations, or have a relationship may take extra care an effort, and perhaps some professional assistance to help with behaviors. Make sure that information and communication is part of your daily routine with your support group inside the family and out.
It can be difficult to parent a child with Asperger’s as they go through the elementary years, puberty and transition to adulthood. All these milestones will have more focused placed on them, and emotions for everyone involved can be heightened. These situations are best to be prepared for. There are plenty of books and literature available for these specific instances. Becoming familiar with these issues and possible ways of dealing with it may increase the chance of making these transitions less precarious.
While there’s no cure for Asperger’s syndrome, if your child has the condition treatment can help him or her learn how to interact more successfully in social situations. Children who have behavior’s that interfere with learning and social development should have a comprehensive evaluation. From there how the family copes, and applies the tools and tragedies into everyday life will dictate the child’s progress.