Asperger "Subtypes"

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.


From Parenting Your Asperger Child by Alan Sohn, Ed.D., and Cathy Grayson, M.A. Copyright ฉ 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

If you'd like to buy this book, click here or on the book cover. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.


Where Should Newborns Sleep?
We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
Follow these tips to help your child become self-sufficient, and help him learn the skills he'll need to take care of himself.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks