Having Asperger’s Disorder does not necessarily mean your child is going to have significant behavior problems. The likelihood of significant behavior problems increases dramatically if your child has a coexisting behavior disorder such as ADD, ADHD, or ODD.
By itself Asperger’s Disorder is not a behavior disorder and, with good management techniques to address the symptoms, your child may experience only mild to moderate behavior problems. The behavioral problems that children and teens with Asperger’s Disorder do display can often be traced to their inability to cope with the symptoms of the disorder. Unfortunately, Asperger’s Disorder children and teens are not good at identifying or verbalizing what is upsetting them, and it can be quite difficult for you as a parent to figure it out. Techniques in this chapter will help you discover causes and learn techniques to manage these problems:
• Anger outbursts