Despite the large number of problems that necessitate therapy and training, Asperger’s Disorder does not have to be completely negative. Some children and teens with Asperger’s Disorder are able to embrace their symptoms and find the unique benefits the disorder offers. When parents and children can change their perspective, some of the symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder can become assets to be harnessed instead of symptoms to try to eliminate.
Asperger’s Disorder children have a very unique way of perceiving things. They think of things no one else could possibly entertain. Today’s business model of “thinking outside the box” is made for the Asperger’s Disorder person.
While schools may not value the entrepreneurial spirit of Asperger’s Disorder, there are many arenas outside of school that do.
List the symptoms your child displays and consider how each might be channeled into a talent, hobby, or strength. The tendency to talk incessantly about a special interest and show off knowledge can be helpful in tutoring younger students in the favorite subject. Socially isolated children who find solace in books can make social connections in a book club.
Turning a symptom into strength can change the way you respond to your child. Your child will find increased happiness and esteem from this approach.