Understanding emotions and how they impact social relationships escapes those with Asperger’s Disorder. Most children learn about feelings through experiencing them. Asperger’s Disorder children, however, need to have formal instruction in feelings. One goal is to teach them about their own feelings while another is to teach them about other people’s feelings. You can expect greater success in teaching them about their own feelings than those of others. This is because they experience their own feelings and they therefore can learn to identify and express them appropriately. Their poor empathy makes it more difficult for those with Asperger’s Disorder to learn about the feelings of others.
Learning about their own feelings can be done through a variety of children’s storybooks, workbooks, and group or individual therapy. Lessons are direct teaching of what the various feelings are, what they look like on people’s faces, how they feel in our body, and how to express them appropriately.
While it seems logical that from learning about their own feelings children with Asperger’s Disorder would be able to generalize this to other people, this simply does not happen. They must have additional instruction about how other people feel and how to respond appropriately.