Children who have Asperger’s syndrome often present a challenge to educators in the school system and to their parents, if they are homeschooled. Because these children have normal intelligence and language development they often appear capable. Children with asperger’s syndrome are usually good with memorization and factual information but fall short in comprehension.
Families who have children who experience the symptoms of high functioning autism, asperger’s syndrome, are often faced with the added burden of offering their children resources and support both outside the school system and inside the school system.
Treatment protocols for children include developing their social and communication skills to enable them to express themselves better, understand language and increase their ability to communicate with others. All of these factors increase the likelihood of successful interactions which will impact their ability to have long-term relationships, career advancement and friendships.
To date there are very few programs designed specifically to address the issues of children who have aspergers syndrome. Some of the treatment approaches used for people who have high functioning autism can be appropriate for those children who have aspergers syndrome.
Families who experience the trials through the eyes of their children often benefit from support and other resources to help both their children, themselves and the rest of the family. Networking organizations are available for individuals who have aspergers syndrome. These organizations can often be found by searching through a local directories or contacting local hospital social workers who have intense lists are of social support systems in the community.
Families can also interact with the other families online and through forums and chat groups. Most of these groups are intended to help families find the right support in their communities and with each other so that they can be the best parents possible for children who present a variety of challenges.
Another resource for families with children who experience these symptoms is education. By a having a good understanding of what is normal and what isn’t for children and help families to better cope with symptoms and behaviors that are often intrusive and difficult to deal with in public.
For instance, by understanding that children with aspergers syndrome will develop a kind of “Swiss cheese” development or that they usually have a great deal of difficulty dealing with transitions, parents are better able to develop strategies that help their child to better cope with their environment.
With the increased recognition of the diagnosis and the growing population of children and adults found to have been suffering from these symptoms, there is also an increased number of resources and treatment interventions which can be used to help improve the social interactions and skills of individuals who have aspergers syndrome. Some of these resources can be found online, such as software programs or DVD programs which help to teach children and social interaction skills by being interactive themselves.
Resources for families and children with aspergers syndrome are increasing every year. Because the condition often leave children with either a normal or above average IQ and normal language development, most other individuals consider them to be odd or eccentric. This can play either in their favor or against them depending upon personality of the child and the family.
Have Dreams: Ready 2 Learn
Autism Speaks: Asperger Syndrome
National Autistic Society: Resources for Adults with Asperger
Your Little Professor: Resources for Asperger Syndrome