22 Mar An interview question about Asperger’s
I was interviewed today by an expert on Asperger’s Syndrome from the UK. He asked me if I had a piece of advice for parents of students with Asperger’s. Here’s a part of my answer.
Don’t just assume these students understand everything. Because they tend to have good verbal language skills (and many of them really talk a lot!) we can be fooled about some of the communication challenges they may have.
For example, they may misunderstand conversation. The social actions of others might cause confusion. Or, trying to participate in unfamiliar activities can create anxiety and inappropriate behavior.
One of the best thing parents can do is establish a habit of giving information to their children. Be sure to clarify communication. Be pro-active about preparing them for social situations. Plan with them for activities that are new.
Don’t forget to give information in a visual way . Write it down. These students tend to understand what they SEE better than what they HEAR. Use their strength to help them learn.