It is a daunting prospect to attempt to create a consequence for all the problem behaviors your Asperger’s Disorder child engages in. Even if you could write a rule for every misdeed, it’s unrealistic to think that you would have the time, patience, and stamina to develop consequences for each one. Fortunately, by using predictable consequences, you don’t have to.
Predictable consequences are the automatic results of behavior that occur without you having to do anything. If your son refuses to wear his jacket to school, he will be cold. If he throws his toy in anger and breaks it, he no longer has the pleasure of that toy. These are situations where the punishment simply presents itself.
Parents do not have to be the punisher in situations that have a predictable consequence. Instead they can be empathic parents who calmly say, “That’s what happens, honey, when you don’t take an umbrella, you get rained on.” Nature doled out the punishment and you can save your discipline for situations when there is not a predictable consequence.