FAMILIES

 

Here are some general approaches we've found that help families dealing with Asperger Syndrome and autism:

  • Be open about a diagnosis and what it means.  Parents tend to assume siblings know more about Asperger Syndrome and autism than they actually do.  Explaining to extended family the reasons for a child's behaviors and how to react lays the groundwork for positive family gatherings.

  • Treat children with special needs as children first, not just as patients.

  • Give time and attention to each child in a family. This will be more helpful to a special needs child than focusing on him or her to the point that siblings feel neglected.

  • Find activities that family members (especially siblings) enjoy doing together.

  • Take care of the caregivers.  Most parents (and other caregivers) need to take some time for themselves to take the best possible care of children.

  • Reach outside for help when necessary.  Support groups and counselors can offer approaches and solutions that families may not think of on their own.

 

 

Recommended for Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

 

Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills - DVD (Ages 8 through adult)

 

Asperger Syndrome At Work - DVD (Ages 12 - adult)

 

Asperger Syndrome: Transition To College and Work - DVD (Students who plan to attend college or enter the workforce)

 

Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, And (Almost) Everything: A Video Guide for Girls - DVD (Girls nearing or going through puberty - ages 9 to 19.)

 

The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome (and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1) DVD (Boys ages 10 to 17 who are nearing or going through puberty and who have Asperger Syndrome.)

 

Life in the Asperger Lane: Dan Coulter's Collected Asperger Articles - Book (Ages 12 through adult)

 

Recommended for Parents

 

Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD  (Grades 7-12)

 

Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

Asperger Syndrome: Success in the Mainstream Classroom - DVD (Professionals and Parents)

 

Asperger Syndrome for Dads: Becoming An Even Better Father To Your Child With Asperger Syndrome - DVD

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum - DVD  (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome - DVD  (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Recommended for Extended Family Members

 

Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (Grades 7-12)

 

Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

Asperger Syndrome for Dads: Becoming An Even Better Father To Your Child With Asperger Syndrome - DVD

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum - DVD (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Recommended for Brothers and Sisters

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum - DVD (4 programs for ages 4 through adult)

 

Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (Grades 7-12)

 

Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently - DVD (Grades 2-6)

 

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