It is important to recognize that each child with autism or Asperger's is different, with his or her own unique set of issues. No two are exactly the same. However, there are three main subtypes: the Rule Boy, the Logic Boy, and the Emotion Boy, each with its own basic set of issues and several individual subtypes. It is very important to clarify each child's issues, because each type demands a different kind of response from you. Choosing the right approach is crucial if changes are to occur. By determining your child's type you will be able to identify his most important characteristics and learn what his core issues are. This helps to determine where to begin the treatment program. Once the type is identified, the basic issues for each will become clear and the course of action can be specified. The course of action consists of teaching the various skills that are lacking or replacing those skills that are inappropriate.
Although Asperger children differ from others by their worldview and many other ways we've already discussed, the primary issue to be determined is his individual coping strategy. Each child has developed a very specific way to deal with problem situations, and his particular strategy determines the subtype to which he belongs.
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From Parenting Your Asperger Child by Alan Sohn, Ed.D., and Cathy Grayson, M.A. Copyright © 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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