Dec
28
2010

Aspergers Update

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

As you may have read here, things are interesting at our house right now.  So how is my son who has Aspergers Syndrome (an autism-related disorder) dealing with everything?

The short version is that he has had several meltdowns- one involving how a box of his video game equipment was being packed.  The longer version is that we are managing.  Here are some of the coping strategies we are employing:

Balance Work With Fun-This is good advice for anyone, but especially important for my son who has difficulty dealing with change of any kind, much less having his entire world turned upside down.  I have arranged “play dates” with friends and I have allowed him more than the normal time to play video games.

Break Down Tasks-  There is a lot to be done and my son can be easily overwhelmed.  I have found that a key is giving him instructions in small pieces such as cleaning out one or two drawers or cleaning off the top of his desk.

Be Calm-You probably see this in every post I write about dealing with Aspergers, but I cannot emphasize it enough: Remain Calm.   I am easily upset by my son’s behavior when I don’t remember that his first response to stress is anger.  I have to remember to take a few minutes to pray and think about how I will respond rather than “taking authority” over his behavior.  My first thought is that I am going to win the battle rather than thinking about why he is acting the way he is.

Considering everything that is going on, I think we are doing very well.  Check back with me tomorrow!


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Christy December 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

After reading your last post I was wondering how things were going for your son. I have been praying for you as I can relate to how stress can be overwhelming for everyone, but especially our ASD kids.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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Kimberlee December 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Thanks so much! That is actually one of the verses God reminded me of at the beginning of this journey. He is so faithful!

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