How do you teach ADHD/Asperger children...

Shelly - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I was recently told my 5 1/2 year old son has mild aspergers. I also had been told over a year ago that he is ADHD (which is fairly common these days). My ex-husband is bi-polar also. He just started kindergarten last month and is behind. He gets easily frustrated and often does not want to do things. He is on medicine which he metabolizes too quickly. He can get himself through school but after school he is sort of mopey and if we don't go home he gets all clingy and whiny. By the time my daughter gets home he is all wired up and causing trouble. Then they cannot be in the same room together without them yelling at and annoying each other. I don't know how to help him learn the things he needs to learn. He's a pretty smart kid, but often gets frustrated before he can get through what he is trying to do. My daughter is a straight A student and requires little attention. How in the world do you help your child learn? I don't want to just leave it up to the school, but he is making progress since he started last month. I also know that kids tend to act out more so for mom than anyone else. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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wish I could help...My son is 10yr old and has the dx of ADHD and Asperger's also. He was in Special Education for 2 years, but now with the "least restrictive" environment law in place he has been placed in the general educated classroom and not performing well. I personally have done some research and am fixing to begin the adventure of homeschooling. I think that with him getting the one on one instruction he will be much more successful. Hope this helps..good luck :)

Tessa - posted on 10/07/2009

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Hi Shelly, my son is 9 years old and has got ADHD/ Tourette syndrome and ? dyslexia. He to is a very bright boy but educationally he is between 3-4 years behind. You say he gets frustrated which is typical, so break everything down into as small a chunks as possible. Give him instructions 1 at a time moving onto the next 1 when he completes the 1 before. I have found with my son that he learns and responds better to visual aids and cues. He has PECS charts for getting ready for bed and school. I even had to make him one for toileting and stick it above the toilet. When it comes to schooling he seems to learn better orally. Words on a page don't mean much to him, i suppose as a result of the ? dyslexia. He learns his spellings better when i spell them out loud to him and then get him to repeat them back to me. Everything is trial an error to find a solution. Good luck Tess

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