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While each child with Asperger’s is unique, there are clusters of challenges often associated with the diagnosis. I’ve had success with these products with my son, my patients, or both. Every child learns differently, so kids’ responses will vary. Fortunately, there are a lot of things to try and I frequently add more. Many of these products have benefits in several categories.

Academic/School: writing (use of keyboards), improving literacy, time management, decision-making

Communication: communicating feelings and needs, non-verbal communication, exploring unfamiliar topics, shyness, visual strategies

Sensory: improving focus, developing a sense of well-being through tactile experiences

Social: appropriate behavior in varied situations, cultivating collaborative play, listening, accomplishing common goals, overcoming bullying, basic social skill sets

Thinking: addressing anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem; practicing positive thinking, controlling emotions, developing mental flexibility, testing hypotheses, developing new interests

Feelings: anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, negativity, responding to feelings, problems relaxing, insomnia

 

Learning from bees. Some children with ASD do not recognize a need to improve their social skills. How to explain what’s in it for them. Learn more.

What stimulates sensory systems, muscles and is calming to lie on top of? Stability balls. Learn more.

Losing track of time. Help your child with time management by making it visual. Learn more.

Addressing anxiety, depression, anger and low self-esteem. A game which can be used to help modify emotions. Learn more.