Social Skills: CHILD WITH ASPERGERS NEEDS HELP

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Eddie: I have a 16 year old daughter who has Asperger’s. She is having a lot of social problems. I need her school’s help. What do I need to do?

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Sophie

One other thought. Sometimes there are community support groups that can be helpful. Try calling your county’s mental health association to see if they have one, or know of one. I am constantly amazed at how many buried resources there are in my mid-sized town that are not well publicized.

Sophie

Chuck is right on target with his answer. I just wanted to mention, though, that sometimes the informal route gives quicker, better results. Sometimes a chat with the school social worker, guidance counselor or principal can get the child some help more quickly. I would start by asking each of these people if they have any social skills groups your daughter could join. For example, there is often something along the lines of a Lunch Bunch that meets once a week. You can also request a parent teacher conference. Each of her teachers could help with this, if you are able to stimulate their empathy and willingness to help. If your daughter is in therapy, the therapist can reach out to the school worker with a phone call, and can follow up with a letter.

Chuck

Schools are to address a student’s social needs. Let the school know your concern & request an IEP meeting to discuss the need.