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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.



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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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