Setting aside dedicated time to join your child in his special interest is one way to strengthen your relationship. For many adults, some of their fondest memories from childhood are the occasions when their parents spent time playing with them. Asperger’s Disorder children are no different and crave the same special time with their parents.
A special play date each week for you and your child to enjoy her interest can serve many purposes. She will feel accepted by you and feel good that you are sharing her interest. By making a special date on the calendar with your child, you help prevent her from relentlessly asking you to play with her or listen to her latest monologue about her interest. Instead you can enthusiastically let her know you see her excitement and you are looking forward to your special play date when she can tell you all about her latest discovery. This is a pleasant way to prompt her to stop talking about it now and hold her thoughts until your play date. She then has a time to look forward to and can do a better job of holding it in until then.