Do you have any tips for teenage girls with Aspergers in schooling and coping with life?
The key to helping your girl cope with the symptoms of Asperger’s is to offer as much support and treatment as possible. Knowing she is not alone is a good place to start when offering support. The book “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About – A Teenage Girl with High-Functioning Autism Shares Her Experiences,” by Haley Moss, is written by a teen for other teens. Haley writes about her middle school experiences and how having high functioning Autism affected those experiences.
This is just one available resource to use to help her see that other girls are living and thriving with Asperger’s Syndrome. Search the Internet, public library, local bookstores, and your community Autism support group for additional resources.
Treatment options for girls with Asperger’s Syndrome vary widely. Less likely to need extensive drug therapies and sensory integration therapies, most girls with Asperger’s are able to concentrate on learning the social skills, self-care, and daily independent living skills necessary to becoming a successful, independent adult. However, girls are more likely to accept and appreciate the one-on-one of independent counseling. Once you have evaluated your daughter’s specific needs, you may opt for any of the following assistance.
* Social skills training can be covered by therapy or by utilizing personal interests. For instance, joining a club that is geared to her special interest will give your daughter an avenue in which to develop her social skills and her knowledge of her special interest.
* Individual counseling can be helpful for reducing anxiety and depression. Talking about this anxiety with a trained professional can make a big difference.
* Neurological testing and medications may be needed in some cases. Medications, when needed, can reduce symptoms, as well as stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, and depression.
* Cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a professional therapist or using resources at home, can help your daughter learn about the feelings, emotions, and behavior connection.
* Coping skills can be taught at home or with a private therapist. Learning ways to cope with the weaknesses will enhance the strengths your daughter displays.
For most girls with Asperger’s, learning to cope with the diagnosis and the characteristics are the two biggest obstacles. Girls are more likely to develop long-lasting friendships and a complete social circle, than boys are. Once these obstacles are met, girls are usually able to create the support system they need in spite of their reduced social abilities and go on to live productive, independent lives.
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