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Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the question ...

How do I help my child understand subtle speech patterns like sarcasm?

 

PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN

The frontal lobe of the brain affects several processes such as speech, expressive language, emotion, reaction, habits, and judgment. The imaging that has been done suggests that this area of the brain grows and develops much more slowly while other areas grow more rapidly. What you often get is a gifted student that does not know how to deal with people. 

New studies that have been released over the past year have begun to explain what is not working correctly. We learn by the process of copying each other. We say things other people we know say. We eat things other people we know eat. We do things that other people we know do. We learn from them. 

"MIRROR" NEURONS MAY BE A CAUSE

In the brain we have neurons. Little chemical signals that control what the brain does. These have been labeled "mirror" neurons because they make your brain think you are actually doing what you are watching someone else do. People with Autistic spectrums do not produce these neurons when they see someone else doing things. Therefore, if they see someone making a movement with their face and they don't know what it means, they are not going to repeat the seemingly useless gesture at the right time, if at all. After a while they might stop paying attention to the movement at all. 

SUBTLE VOICE CHANGES ARE MISSED 

Sarcasm is cue based. The words are the same but the voice changes. This would be considered a subtle cue and these are often missed. Analogies are not understood unless the connection is understood. 

But there is hope. Specific training can often be highly effective in helping Aspergers children learn the skills needed. 

HOW TO TEACH ASPERGERS KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THESE SUBTLE CLUES 

Basically, Aspergers is treated by training the child how the world outside of their mind works. Because they have trouble recognizing that other people are having different thoughts than them, they have to be taught this. Once they have learned that, they can be trained to respond to other people in a way that will help them get what they need. Then they will be taught about relationships and the give and take of conversations and friendships. 

To learn more about the specific types of training that are most effective in helping your Aspergers child learn language communication skills, visit www.AspergersSociety.org.


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Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety, depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/teen_book.htm

 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses how to make and keep friends, building relationships, employment, depression and the meaning of life, therapy options and much more. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/adult_book.htm

These are just a few of the answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for additional answers immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org

Some of the many questions we will be covering in future issues include ...

  • What steps should I take to see if I or my loved one has Aspergers?

  • Why does it often take years to diagnose Asperger's Syndrome?

  • How can I get a diagnosis of Aspergers for an Adult?

  • How can I be certain that that my loved one has Aspergers and not some other condition?

  • What are the most effective ways to treat Aspergers?

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For immediate information on Asperger's Syndrome go to the web site  www.AspergersSociety.org. There you will be able to sign up for the free Aspergers newsletter as well as get additional information on the best selling book, The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide.

Craig Kendall is the father of an Asperger's child and the author of "The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide". You can find more information about living with Asperger's Syndrome by contacting him on this site: www.AspergersSociety.org

 

 

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