I don't have this syndrome...but a child or two that I work with does.,.and both of the parents are in extreme denial...one pair of parents keep moving their kid every few months to a new school..(preschool) because "its' the program. there's is something wrong with the program" always is their excuse! This child doesn't interact with anyone...he shadows my boss, and she has tried to tell the parents repeatedly, but, they refuse to see it...he is now heading for his third preschool!!! It is NEVER the childs' fault.
Is there any way to help a child with aspergers syndrome without placing him in a mainstream or specialized program?
It depends on how severe the condition is. I know two people with Aspergers, now in their early 20s, and their schooling was normal. They had trouble socialising and one was treated for ADD/ADHD for most of his life, but otherwise, they weren't treated any different from normal children.
If the condition is bad, usually specialised programs are the best option because the teachers are trained to work with children who have Apergers. Very few people know a lot about it and working with children who have it badly is a tedious task. It isn't the child's fault. He simply doesn't learn or see the world the same way other children do and if you want him to know how to act, you have to be very, very, very patient and you have to understand how they think.
For example, they understand that there are rules to obey, but someone with a severe Aspergers' case will never understand why you obey rules and will never figure out rules on their own.
In other words, it is possible for a child with Aspergers' to go to a normal school, but if the condition is bad, the teachers will need to be educated on the nature of Aspergers and how to act with the child or else he won't learn anything. Which is why it's more conviniant to send the child to a school specialised in Aspergers and/or Autism as the teachers there know how to act.
I hope that could help a little! If you want, you could check out the Autism forum as some of the members there may have a child with Aspergers or even Aspergers themselves and could probably give you advice based on firsthand experience.
thanks for the advice! I too have attention defecit disorder, but...
I really feel for this child.....and I worry about him, and just how his parents are "NOT" dealing with his issues at all,...they seem to be in total denial. They are going to put this child that I deal with everyday in a preschool, into a montessori school(which I actually think, could help him...ya just never know!!) but, as a teacher..I still worry..and also as someone who didn't find out about her own disability till I was in my early thirties....but kind of knew all along.....I would love that this kid get tested..ya know?
Ah, now I understand your frustration better! Yeah, that certainly isn't very good for the child.
I suppose the only thing you can do is meet the parents privately, explain what Aspergers is, give them some flyers (or some websites) and let them take it from there. If they don't want to listen, then there isn't much you can do but treat the child accordingly until they move him.
I have to say, quite often, parents are the most challenging part of working with children.
My son resembles more asperger type(high functioning). He required special programs very early on but as time went on he needed less and less of the special programs. Now he attends regular classes with accomodations. He is doing very well and we expect him to graduate in May with a diploma. He is going to continue his education by attending vocational school in the Fall. It takes a lot of hard work from the parents so I hope this family is able to recognize that their child needs special help and discovers their childs strengths and builds on those strengths.
How could a teacher "REACH" a child with aspergers, if they were try to do this?
I guess that is what I would REALLY like to know....there must be "a way" for a teacher to be able to try, even with a whole group or classroom full of students.....or is it a MUST that they go to some type of therapy?
I just wondered because I thought that maybe the next time I am around a child with this, maybe I can help in another and better way.I noticed that this kid that I worked with was very sensitive to noises....like he didn't particularly like the flute(Irish tin whistles) that I played...it really, really bothered him. But, I will say, that my guitar didn't! He loved dancing to that! And might I add, he was a great dancer!! Had a lot of great rythym!!
That made me feel a little better...I did NOT want to scare him off.
But, what do you think, since you told me that your son is doing better....?