8 Tips for Parents of Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome
Children and teens with Asperger’s syndrome often struggle with the social skills necessary for success in school and social settings. Tony Attwood, a psychologist and acclaimed expert on Asperger’s syndrome, has written books that can help parents and teachers better understand the nature of this complex condition. He also offers proven tips and advice to help kids and teens with Asperger’s to bolster their social skills.
Steps that parents may take to help their kids with Asperger’s include the following:
- Teach the child some practical skills to integrate into social settings. It may be helpful to practice introductory conversational tactics, like asking if he or she can join in. The child may benefit from practicing appropriate “openers” such as “Can you help me with this?” or “Can I play too?”
- Encourage the child to look at what other children are doing. Many successful adults with Asperger’s syndrome report that they have learned social skills by watching and emulating what others do in certain situations. Many kids find that it is easy to copy what the other children are doing, whether it is making eye contact with their playmates, listening attentively, participating in a game, or taking turns. This can be helpful even if they do not possess the necessary social understanding to intuitively know what to do in these situations.