Self-esteem is not a black and white situation of having or not having it. Nor is it something that can really be measured. Rather it is on a continuum from low to high. Unfortunately, having Asperger’s Disorder is almost a guarantee of being on the low end of self-worth. Asperger’s Disorder children often have low self esteem regarding the main categories of school, family, and friends.
As Asperger’s Disorder children move into their teen years, their self esteem is generally quite low and their risk for depression increases. They clearly see that they do not measure up to their peers in terms of being socially accepted. Unless effective treatment is sought, this pattern continues to become more severe as they move into later adolescence and adulthood.
Fortunately children do not have just one self esteem. You can help your child develop multiple self esteems. The more activities and experiences he has where he feels good about himself, the higher his overall level of self esteem is going to be. Self-esteem can be found in simple experiences. As many Asperger’s Disorder children shy away from new experiences, particularly those that involve the potential for failure or social rejection, be sure to create simple experiences that offer a high chance of success.