Your Asperger Child: The Reasons Behind the Behavior
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- Lack of knowledge about how something is done. By not knowing how the world works with regard to specific situations and events, the child will act inappropriately instead.
- The need to avoid or escape from a nonpreferred activity, often something difficult or undesirable. Often, if your child cannot be perfect, she does not want to engage in an activity.
- The need to engage in or continue a preferred activity, usually an obsessive action or fantasy.
- A violation of a rule or ritual changing something from the way it is supposed to be. Someone is violating a rule and this is unacceptable to the child.
- Anxiety about a current or upcoming event, no matter how trivial it might appear to you.
- A misunderstanding or misinterpretation of another's action.
- The need to control a situation.
- Immediate gratification of a need.
- Transitioning from one activity to another. This is usually a problem because it may mean ending an activity before he is finished with it.
- Other internal issues, such as sensory, inattention (ADHD), oppositional tendency (ODD), or other psychiatric issues may also be causes of behavior.
Note: Attention-getting is very rarely seen. It should not be considered as a reason for rigidity until all of the above reasons have been considered and eliminated.
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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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