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My 4 years old son, has Asperger's. I'm in needs of tips to help him with his behaviours and not hurting his little brother. Please HELP!

I just found out my son has Asperger's a couple of days ago. This was and is very shocking to me, because my boys are my life, they are the oxygen I need to live. I need help, I need a guide, support, someone to tell me he is going to be OK.
In Topics: Special needs, Autism & Aspergers Syndrome, Motherhood
> 60 days ago

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lkauffman
Dec 9, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

I imagine this is a very difficult, upsetting time for you. It can be quite a blow to learn that your child has special needs that require additional support. It is not uncommon for parents to spend some time "mourning" the fact that their child is, and will be, different than they had always imagined. Be accepting of these thoughts and feelings; they are real, valid, and you are not alone.

The good news is that there is a growing understanding of Asperger Syndrome and more and more information is making its way to parents. At Education.com, we partnered with the Autism Society to synthesize some of the latest research and advice on Asperger Syndrome to parents in an easy to digest manner. To see the latest information on this topic, click here: http://www.education.com/special-edition/aspergers/.

Also, there are a number of books about parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome that may be of interest to you. I particularly like Paula Jacobsen's book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1843108046/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1843107430&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1TYSTYKGQ9YM0EDXHAQD.

I would also encourage you to reach out and learn about services and accommodations available in your community. I wasn't sure if your son was diagnosed by the school district or an outside provider. Either way, you should ask the professional for recommendations for services and providers. You can also reach out to your local Autism Society chapter- http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=community_chapters to find other parents in your area.


Good luck and stay strong. Many children with Asperger Syndrome go on to live happy and healthy productive lives!

Warm regards,

Laura Kauffman, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education.com JustAsk Expert
http://www.drlaurakauffman.com/

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