Hi there – This week’s article answers the question: How does a child with Aspergers see the world?
Answer: Asperger’s Syndrome is hard to understand. Some people say that children with Asperger’s Syndrome see things the wrong way. Even if your child has Asperger‘s Syndrome, it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes him seem so unlike other people.
The truth is children with Asperger’s Syndrome see the world much like everyone else, albeit with a few differences. This is what makes Asperger’s Syndrome so hard to comprehend. You cannot see it, but it’s there. That rigid thinking, the troubles with transition, those complicated sensory problems. In addition, let’s not forget the ever-present obsessive interests. The combination of symptoms is the distinguishing marker. Because in reality, there are people without Asperger’s that struggle with some of these issues.
“In His Shoes – A Short Journey Through Autism” by Joanna Keating-Velasco, is a book that allows the reader to spend time with a boy with Autism, following him through his day and seeing first hand what his life is like. The chance to see the world through this boy’s eyes should be given to anyone touched by Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. You will see that, despite his challenges, the boy’s life is very much like that of other kids. You can read more about this great book at
With that said, there are differences that should be mentioned. Of course, these vary with the individual since we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few of the possible differences.
* Different thought processes-We are flexible; children with Asperger’s are rigid, inflexible thinkers.
* Different social ability-We rely on social situations to guide us in making and keeping friends and interacting with others; children with Asperger’s cannot pick up on social cues and must be taught social skills.
* Different communication-We are able to communicate in a wide range of ability; children with Asperger’s must learn (with practice) to use non-verbal communication such as, facial expressions, gestures, and personal space.
* Different coping-We use common sense and knowledge of how people act and respond to cope with problems that arise; children with Asperger’s have trouble recognizing the signs of frustration in others and are unable to channel their own frustration.
The differences come in the way we process thoughts, feelings, and actions. Once a child with Asperger’s gets past the method of processing information, the outcome is much like the rest of us experience.
Thanks for reading,
Articles posted this week at The Parenting Aspergers Community
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My 9 year old son with Aspergers also suffers from terrible anxiety and OCD and fits of crying for no particular reason (other than he can’t make “it” stop). We took him to see the same team that diagnosed him four years ago, and the head psychiatrist recommended 10mg Prozac daily to help with his behaviours and distress. My husband is truly horrified and I am too scared to put this into his body. I detest the misery he is in daily, and it his really disrupted our lives. He has counselling with a psychologist once a month for social skills training, but he doesn’t tell her about his “head telling him to do or say things” which make him cry and punch himself. Help! Is medication such as Prozac safe for young children?
Prozac is a medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug that is safe for children over the age of seven in the treatment of depression. The medication has been used as a treatment for depression for many years and has been used effectively. Your doctor feels confident enough in the drug to prescribe it for your son. You should talk to your physician about why he feels this is the right medication for your child and also talk about any hesitations you and your husband have about giving the medication to your child. Ask your doctor for information to read about Prozac. Do some research about Prozac on the Internet. You can find books about Prozac in the library that can give you more information about using Prozac to treat depression in children. Find enough information that you feel you can make an informed decision about giving this medication to your son …
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Do you have any material on how to get through an annual doctor visit with an aspergers child? He is 10 and goes for his physical every year, which means the doctor has to check his private parts, he giggles and will not stand or lay still for her to get a good check. What can I do to ease this for the doctor and my son. We always have a talk before we go about what the doctor checks, and he knows its coming. He just can not stand to be touched there.
As your son matures, the annual physical process should become easier. Your son is now able to anticipate all the aspects of his physical, including the ones that make him uncomfortable. You and your son should spend some time in the week or so leading up to the annual exam talking about what the expectations are about his behavior while he’s in the doctor’s office. Talk about …
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