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Social Skills for your Child with Aspergers

I get emailed virtually every week without fail by parents wanting to know how to improve the social skills of their child with Aspergers. This is a huge issue for children and their parents; because it's such an essential skill for everyday life (whether at home, school or in the community).

 

So I've designed the Social Skills Department to give easy-to-follow and practical examples of how to help you child in this area. Whether your child struggles in the way he/she talks to people, needs help in making friendships, cannot pick up social cues or needs help in understanding instructions it's all covered in this section.

What is the most important in aiding in the development of social skills for middle school ages with aspergers?
What is the most important in aiding in the development of social skills for middle school ages with aspergers? Using pictures is a great way to help a child with Asperger's understand social skills. Many children with Asperger's rely heavily on visual aids to help them in their daily interactions. Social stories are one of the best ways to teach social skills to your child, and the two of you can create your own social stories if you like. . . . keep reading
How can I help to ensure that my twin with Asperger's reach their true potential?
How can I help to ensure that my twin with Asperger's reach their true potential? Your concern is that of every parent. Parents want their children to have the best opportunities in life to succeed and become independent individuals. Your twins can have everything in life that you dream of with careful preparation and determination. The following are ways that you can help your twins reach their true potential: . . . keep reading
What on earth my child can do at lunchtime at school.
What on earth my child can do at lunchtime at school. Lunchtime can be challenging to children with Asperger's. They may have sensory issues that prevent them from wanting to be in the cafeteria, issues with food textures that may prevent them from wanting to eat certain foods, or issues with some of their classmates who may not understand them. Whatever the reason, you child does not have to dread lunchtime. He or she can enjoy the daily break time to sit and relax. The following are tips to help your child at lunchtime: . . . keep reading
My son is 17 and a senior in high school. His issue is social skills.
My son is 17 and a senior in high school.  His issue is social skills. You should not worry so much about your son. It seems that he is getting some level of socialization that he needs. Although this level of socialization is not what you want for him, it can improve. If he is working at a party supply store, then he is getting his taste of socialization in the process. He has to meet and greet customers, and help them find what they are looking for in the store. He also has to check out customers and all this requires social skills. If he is happy with this level of socialization, you can be happy for him and help him socialize more by creating opportunities. . . . keep reading
Can my son feel real love & empathy?
Can my son feel real love & empathy? Many emotions are difficult for those with Asperger's to understand. It is not that they do not feel love and empathy but they are unaware of how to connect with what they feel with what others feel. Yes, it is difficult for them to understand love and empathy but they can be taught to understand the two. Theory of mind is behind their lack of understanding of empathy. Because they feel that their feelings are also the thoughts and feelings of others, they have difficulty with expressing themselves to others. Your son can be taught how to feel love and empathy. . . . keep reading
Why is it difficult for the child with Asperger's Syndrome to make friend?
Why is it difficult for the child with Asperger's Syndrome to make friend? Children with Asperger's have a very difficult time making friends because of their social quirkiness. They are self-centered thinkers that believe everything revolves around them. They have little or no interest in what others want or think unless the topic can relate to them in some way. It is a challenge for a child with Asperger's to make and keep friends, but there are things that can be done to improve their skills in this area. The following are tips that you can use to help your child make friends: . . . keep reading
Our daughter has Aspergers Syndrome she was diagnosed at age 7, she has come such a long way and her social skills have come so far..
Our daughter has Aspergers Syndrome she was diagnosed at age 7, she has come such a long way and her social skills have come so far.. Your daughter is perfectly normal. Just because she chooses to have one friend at a time does not mean that there is anything wrong with this situation. You would have a reason to be worried if she was not socializing outside of this relationship, or if she was not doing well in her social skills training. Since she is doing well in those areas, there is nothing for you to worry about. Let your daughter be herself. In time, if she chooses to have more than one friend at a time, she will do so. . . . keep reading
How can I teach my son the social skills he needs to be a successful kid?
How can I teach my son the social skills he needs to be a successful kid? Social skills are hard for children with Asperger's to understand. It takes the efforts of parents and other individuals to make sure that they learn the social skills needed for success . . . keep reading
Can you teach me some skills to teach my son with Asperger's how to interact with kids his own age (12) despite him having only interest in adult conversation or his own obsession (fishing)
Can you teach me some skills to teach my son with Asperger's how to interact with kids his own age (12) despite him having only interest in adult conversation or his own obsession (fishing) For children with Asperger's, social skills are one of the most challenging areas of development. By definition, poor social communication is at the very heart of Asperger's. Kids with Asperger's Syndrome are socially awkward and prefer social interaction with adults rather than their peers. In addition, their one-sided attempts at conversation, usually focused on current obsessions, can be painful to watch. They are very literal thinkers, so they do not pick up on jokes and sarcasm. Children with Asperger's also struggle with nonverbal communication. They fail to read social cues, body language, and have no clue about personal boundaries. . . . keep reading
How do you help your child learn how to make friends when he is 15 and does not want to go to a social group?
How do you help your child learn how to make friends when he is 15 and does not want to go to a social group? Social situations and relationships can be very difficult and uncomfortable for teens with Asperger's. Friendships may be much-desired, but difficult to establish, especially if the teen refuses social group activities. Many factors cause this trouble for your teen. Obsessions drive people away. Anxiety makes him too uncomfortable to put himself out there. However, social skills struggles are the main culprit. These include nonverbal communication like social cues, gestures, and body language, as well as problems with pragmatic language. Pragmatic language covers the ability to have meaningful two-way conversations. . . . keep reading
How do I help my child with Asperger's to socialize?
How do I help my child with Asperger's to socialize? For the child with Asperger's, social situations can cause great distress. Some adults with Asperger's Syndrome talk about a true sense of physical discomfort when they find themselves in a social setting. Can you imagine feeling physical pain just trying to look another person in the eye? No wonder your child struggles so! Children need strong social skills to become functionally independent adults. Overcoming social fears during childhood will help your child build these much-needed social skills. . . . keep reading
I'm trying to figure out how to help my son with Asperger's learn the social nuances of life.
I'm trying to figure out how to help my son with Asperger's learn the social nuances of life. Interacting with others in social situations can be very difficult for children with Asperger's. Social skills are complex and complicated to understand when you have Asperger's Syndrome. Here are a few of the social skills your child may have trouble understanding. . . . keep reading
What can I do to make my son with Asperger's life more enjoyable; I cannot make friends for him and getting him out of the house is like pulling teeth?
What can I do to make my son with Asperger's life more enjoyable; I cannot make friends for him and getting him out of the house is like pulling teeth? It is very difficult to watch a child with Asperger's Syndrome go through life with very little enjoyment. As parents, we dream of nothing short of success in every area of life for our children. When faced with Asperger's Syndrome, we ache for those dreams, and at the same time, we hope for whatever the child can possibly manage. . . . keep reading
What are some good ways for my child to learn to get along with others and make friends?
What are some good ways for my child to learn to get along with others and make friends? Making and keeping friends can be difficult for children with Autism. Weak social skills are one of the main reasons. However, other characteristics come into play. Difficulty breaking routines and schedules, sensory issues, and speech and language struggles are common issues for kids on the Autism spectrum and they all affect a person's ability to develop strong relationships. . . . keep reading
How can I help my child deal with bullies and survive independently in school without considering suicide?
How can I help my child deal with bullies and survive independently in school without considering suicide? Have you ever been bullied? Imagine the discomfort it must cause a child who already struggles with anxiety and possibly, depression. The struggles brought on by bullying can easily lead to thoughts of suicide. It truly is a vicious cycle. As parents, it can be difficult to know the extent of discomfort the children are enduring. It can also be difficult to understand the full scope of emotional scarring and trauma. As the child's main source of support, parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome really need to be on top of their game. . . . keep reading
How to implement social stories to help our children learn life lessons that their peer group seem to comprehend naturally. How to stress hurt feelings by others and how to teach them to empathize?
How to implement social stories to help our children learn life lessons that their peer group seem to comprehend naturally. How to stress hurt feelings by others and how to teach them to empathize? Social stories are a great way to get your children to understand life lessons and understand when they hurt the feelings of others. Children with Aspergers can benefit greatly from social skills training like this. You can choose to allow your children to see a therapist to work on their social skills by using social stories, or you can create your own at home. . . . keep reading
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