Parenting Asperger’s Syndrome Teens

In order to improve social outcomes for Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) teens, parents need to consider the different ways in which these children develop. For instance, many AS teens are able to successfully use online messengers, games, and blog sites to connect with others socially. Although parents may find it difficult to witness their child engaging in social activities that may not appear to be mainstream, parents need to focus on safety first and then allow their teen to develop social relationships as he or she sees fit. When the AS child reaches adolescence, gone are the days when parents can control their child’s behavior. Instead, by keeping in mind that your role has shifted from control to guidance, you can open your heart and mind to a whole new world for your teen – one in which your child is safe to express themselves in a way that is natural and comfortable. Although this process is challenging, it is one that will be rewarding for you and highly beneficial for your child.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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