Parenting Classes for Parents of Kids With Asperger's

by Amber Keefer

    Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that affects how a child communicates and socializes with others. A parent can help a child with Asperger's by learning about the disorder and how to provide the necessary support at home. WebMD points out that knowing what to expect is a step toward helping your child to function successfully in school and community settings.

    Educational/Training Programs

    Many of the educational and social support programs designed to help children and teens with Asperger's syndrome learn more age-appropriate behaviors include training for parents on how to support their children at home. The Autism Speaks website explains that these types of programs use highly structured activities to teach social skills and help reinforce the behaviors that will allow a child to achieve independence. Training classes also focus on how to help individuals with Asperger’s control their emotions and repetitive behaviors. The number of resources and hands-on training programs available to help families deal with the needs of an Asperger's child depend on where you live.

    OASIS

    The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support center, known as OASIS, provides information for parents, medical professionals and individuals who deal with the challenges associated with Asperger's syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders. OASIS @ MAPP provides links to local and state agencies and organizations that offer assistance to individuals and families who need help in dealing with issues relating to the condition. The website also helps you find counselors, psychologists, therapists, school, clinics and parent groups near you. The types of government-funded programs and services available for autism spectrum disorders vary from state to state.

    Community-Sponsored Programs

    Talking to medical, mental health and educational professionals who have experience with kids with Asperger's syndrome can help you better understand your child's needs. Start with doctors and school counselors when trying to find the right programs for your child and guidance for yourself. Many communities offer education and training programs as well as support groups for parents and other family members at local hospitals and mental health clinics. According to KidsHealth, educational programs and training workshops for parents generally focus on teaching you how to support your child’s healthy development by helping her learn the skills she needs to be independent.

    Conferences

    Conferences and seminars provide parents with the opportunities to network with medical professionals, educators and other parents. Through its conferences, the U.S. Autism and Asperger Association educates, trains and circulates information about the treatments, therapies, interventions and services available to the Asperger's community. Conferences feature professional experts and researchers who work in the field of autism spectrum disorders. For parents who are unable to attend conferences outside of their home areas, the USAAA provides a video archive of shortened versions of many of its conferences on Facebook and YouTube. You can also order videos of the full conferences. USAAA TV is an additional resource that provides information to parents.

    About the Author

    Amber Keefer has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of human services and health care administration. Writing professionally since 1997, she has written articles covering business and finance, health, fitness, parenting and senior living issues for both print and online publications. Keefer holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in health care management from Baker College.

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