Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > Asperger's Syndrome > Asperger Subtype: "The Emotion Boy"
|

Asperger Subtype: "The Emotion Boy"

Negative Boy
This child or teen tends to be more of an annoyance than anything else. He does a lot of complaining and whining about doing things that are not preferred activities because he only enjoys preferred activities. As a result of his actions, there can be a good deal of arguing and refusals. He usually sees the world in a negative way–"the glass is half empty"–and rarely sees the good aspects of an event or situation, no matter how much good has occurred. Tantrums, bossiness, rituals, and rules are not issues. He may even be fairly cooperative at times. The major concern regarding this child is that he is more prone to future depression than any other type.

Recommended Approach: He must learn to be okay with nonpreferred activities and that it is better to "say nothing than be negative." You need to teach her how to use positive commenting and responses. Direct instruction in how to have a "positive attitude" and "learned optimism" is needed. Each child can have many issues that make him unique. You have begun to sort out those factors that make your child who he is. It is his uniqueness that tells you what subtype he is and what techniques you need to use. When you understand your child and his interaction with the world, you will be better able to help him reach his full potential. If you still are not sure of the subtype characteristics your child demonstrates, at least provide the two things every Asperger child needs: structure and predictability.



<< Previous: Angry boy
|

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.

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


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 Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

thanksgiving crafts & recipes

Make this Turkey
Day fun for the
whole family with
these essentials.

GO

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top Family Movies in Theaters for the Holidays
Taking the kids to the movies is a special family treat for the holidays! Don't miss 2014's best family films in theaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

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!