Getting Your Child with Aspergers or ADHD Involved in Social Events

By Staff Writer Adolescence is a critical time for social development. But not all teens develop social skills at the same pace. Those with Asperger’s Syndrome or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have deficits that need to be addressed in order to enjoy the normal experiences of adolescence. One way parents can help their teens develop important social skills...[ read more ]

Sleep and Exercise for Children and Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome (Continued)

Paradoxically, it could be cheaper and less of a constant headache to get the outdoor exercise which is better and more relaxing for children and teens, if we can remove the pressure to sign up for more organized after school programs. But it may not be easy - at first - because it involves a change in lifestyle, and one...[ read more ]

Asperger’s Book Reviews

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood The ADHD Autism Connection by Diane Kennedy Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence by Teresa Bolick The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Patricia Bashe and Barbara Kirby Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD? A Parent's Road Map to Understanding and Support!

Improving Non-Verbal Communication with Cross-Cultural Exercises

The following approach has three important components: 1) building bodily self-awareness and a relaxed, comfortable body sense; 2) learning non-verbal social interaction as a science and practicing non-verbal interactions while making scientific observations, and 3) practicing non-verbal communication in a nonjudgmental, unconditionally loving environment on a regular basis. 1) BUILDING BODY AWARENESS: Help your child to build body awareness. Sitting...[ read more ]

Improving Non-verbal Communication with Cross-Cultural Exercises

You can provide this loving environment at home through the animal world of affectionate pets, and also by coaching your family and others in your home. a) Unconditional love and non-verbal communication practice with animals. If your family can add a pet or two, or already has one, dogs and cats make excellent, loving non-verbal communication coaches. Keeping a pet...[ read more ]

The ADHD Autism Connection by Diane Kennedy

Kennedy, Diane with Rebecca Banks. The ADHD Autism Connection (Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press) 2002. When Diane Kennedy's third son received a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), his mother already knew the drill. Her first two sons had the same thing. The family spent years caught in a maze of medical interventions, behavioral modification training, holistic remedies, and sessions...[ read more ]

Advocating for the Asperger’s Child

Suppose I, an ordinary person, am walking alone beside an icy isolated river and see someone drowning. I have two options: I can jump in and try to save him (risking death myself) or I can agonize on the shore. In the first case I am a hero; in the second a coward. There is no way I can remain...[ read more ]