An opportunity to help boys with Asperger Syndrome and similar forms of autism to "man up." I’m not talking about being macho. I’m talking about learning about things such as sexuality, protecting oneself from sexual predators, and using a public men's room.
Another summer is coming. How can you help your child use it to make things better for the next school year? If your child has Asperger Syndrome or autism, you might consider making it “the summer of social skills.”
On summer days, I’d go to a community pool with the kids from the neighborhood. One day, before I learned to swim, I found myself past the rope with floats that marked the deep water. I stepped in the wrong direction and my head slipped below the surface.
I’ve heard many parents of children with Asperger Syndrome talk about their kids’ sense of humor. This may be because a lot of humor comes from seeing things from a different perspective. Both my son, Drew, and I have Asperger Syndrome, so my wife and daughter have years of experience dealing with our intentional and unintentional comedy.
I love the story about a man who approached legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein on the street in New York and asked, “Excuse me, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” Rubinstein reportedly looked at the man and said, “Practice, practice, practice.”
A while back, I wrote an article about having your first experience teaching a student with Asperger Syndrome. With so many teachers encountering students who have AS, I decided it’s time for another chapter.