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Your Asperger Child: The Reasons Behind the Behavior

Reasons for Rigidity
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The need to engage in or continue a preferred activity, usually an obsessive action or fantasy.

  4. 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.

  5. Anxiety about a current or upcoming event, no matter how trivial it might appear to you.

  6. A misunderstanding or misinterpretation of another's action.

  7. The need to control a situation.

  8. Immediate gratification of a need.

  9. Transitioning from one activity to another. This is usually a problem because it may mean ending an activity before he is finished with it.

  10. 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 ฉ 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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