School is probably your child’s greatest challenge, source of stress, and cause of behavior problems. The classroom can be overwhelming. In the midst of trying to learn, his mind may be filled with the stress of the visual and auditory stimulation, obsessing about his special interest, feeling embarrassed about the teasing he endured during recess, frustrated that he cannot ask every question he wants, intolerant of what he views as his peers’ ignorance on his topic of interest, upset at the change in the schedule, bored with the lesson, and too humiliated to admit that he does not understand what the teacher is saying. Imagine all this being your normal life, occurring day after day. Now add having to do homework, cooperate with parents, get along with siblings, and try to make friends.
The buildup of the stress from trying to cope with the various events, tasks, and challenges of the day is often the cause of what seems to be an unprovoked outburst.
It is a wonder that Asperger’s Disorder children do not have more behavior problems. Understanding his disorder and the difficulty it presents at every moment of the day makes it easier to be compassionate when he has behavior problems.