By Liane Holliday Willey
Youth and grownup reports of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) have gotten more and more good documented, but the an important formative teenage years have, to this point, been overlooked. early life is a tough time for any youngster, but if you could have Asperger Syndrome this already emotionally advanced time of lifestyles turns into the entire tougher. Reflecting the perspectives of oldsters, execs and people with AS themselves, this ebook tackles matters which are pertinent to all young ones, equivalent to sexuality, melancholy and friendship, in addition to discussing subject matters like disclosure and healing possible choices which are extra particular to these with AS. This publication goals to make the transition from baby to grownup as gentle as attainable, and is a necessary survival advisor to formative years.
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The impaired expression can include a lack of subtlety and paucity in the range of expressions. Parents have described how the child can have an emotional on/off switch set at maximum volume. Their coping or emotional recovery mechanisms need to be assessed and can include characteristics such as retreating into solitude, increasing time spent engaged in a special interest, reading fantasy literature and computer games. Some individuals internalize their reaction with self-blame and low self-esteem while others externalize their reaction and may be critical of others and develop an arrogant and intolerant personality.
She then achieved a dramatic weight loss in an attempt to be accepted by her peers. We are all vulnerable to distorted conceptualizations, but people with Asperger Syndrome are less able to put things in perspective, seek clarification and to consider alternative explanations or responses. The therapist encourages the client to be more flexible in their thinking and to seek clarification using questions or comments such as ‘Are you joking? or ‘I’m confused about what you just said’. ’ To explain a new perspective or to correct errors or assumptions, Comic Strip Conversations can help the client determine the thoughts, COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT) 51 beliefs, knowledge and intentions of the participants in a given situation (Gray 1996, 1998).
An individualized program that provides opportunity for crisis counseling and support in peer interactions is desirable. Essentially, the school district support systems for AS require a core of knowledgeable and specialized staff. It would be clearly efficient if staff already trained and familiar with autism receive further and ongoing training regarding this aspect of the autistic spectrum. Once recognition increases, more children will be identified and service will improve. ) • alternatives to lunchroom and other unstructured social situations • individualized programming (this may include a range of options ranging from modified assignments to a reduced program, alternative credit options) • possibilities for off-campus credit • the availability of ‘safe adults,’ possibly the most important component; the safe person is a staff member who is aware of the student’s situation and able to support the student in time of crisis.
Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living With the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between by Liane Holliday Willey