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 ]

How Parents Can Help Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder Most experts do a great job of presenting the problems children with Autism Spectrum Disorder face during their adolescent years. Yet they offer few solutions. This is a two-part article. Part 1 presents problems teens face. Part 2 gives suggestions that have worked for parents of teens with ASD. Click here for Part 1...[ read more ]

How to Advocate for Your Child with Asperger’s

By Meghan Vivo Children with special needs like Asperger’s are supposed to get appropriate services and accommodations to help them succeed in public school. But in practice, it often ends up being the parents’ responsibility to recognize if a school is under-serving their child and advocate for their needs, which for some means going as far as suing their school...[ 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 ]

“Little Professors” on Campus: Planning for College With Asperger’s

Just one decade ago, few students with Asperger's syndrome considered college as an option. Few people had even heard of Asperger's. Today, students with Asperger's are pursuing their dreams of a college education and professional career. As more high school counselors and college admission counselors learn about the specific needs and abilities of these students, and as more "Aspies" prove...[ read more ]

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 ]

Diet and Nutrition Planning for teen with Asperger’s Syndrome

Planning and Preparation Turning your kitchen into a generator of good nutrition and better eating habits may feel like a monumental task, but it is entirely manageable if broken down into tasks that only take an hour or less. Go through the refrigerator and the pantry shelves and gradually reduce and eliminate unhealthy foods. These include those foods whose primary...[ read more ]

Aspergers Schools and Camps

Talisman Academy - School for Asperger's Students Talisman Academy is a residential academic alternative for adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 20 with Asperger's Syndrome, high-functioning autism, and similar spectrum disorders. We focus on improving social awareness and interaction, independence, and academic self-motivation. In addition to specialized classroom time, our small learning groups (8 or 10 students and 2...[ read more ]

Asperger’s Syndrome in Children and Teens

Hans Asperger published in 1944 the first description of what has become known as "Asperger's Syndrome." He described a pattern of behavior known as "autistic psychopathy" that included a difficulty feeling empathy, forming friendships, one-sided conversation, a tendency to become obsessively interested in a subject or interest, and some clumsiness of movement. Asperger called the children with these behaviors "little...[ read more ]

Asperger’s Hits the Big Screen

Asperger's Hits the Big Screen By Staff Writer To lots of people, the phrase “Asperger’s Syndrome” is still a bit of a mystery. But this little-known and frequently misunderstood disorder will quickly grow in recognition and understanding if the media has any say in the matter. Three new movies are scheduled for release within the next year that feature characters...[ read more ]