Early intervention can help you and your toddler cope with Asperger syndrome.
Toddlers with Asperger syndrome can demonstrate very complex behaviors which can pose significant challenges for parents. The toddler years can be trying to begin with and adding in a mix of developmental difficulties can test even the most patient parent. Surround yourself with resources to help support your toddler's unique behavior needs.
1Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder and is part of the autism spectrum disorder. According to Dr. Tony Attwood, Asperger syndrome is characterized by difficulties with social interactions, impairment in communication skills and restrictive interests. Toddlers with Asperger syndrome may also show motor delays and appear clumsy, exhibit repetitive movements or experience difficulty with tasks such as throwing a ball. Toddlers with Asperger syndrome may also demonstrate extreme sensitivity to sensory stimuli such as light or textures.
2Parenting a toddler with Asperger syndrome requires patience and a commitment to learning your child's individual needs. Seek out organizations that offer education and training programs for parents, which can assist you in managing your toddler's behavioral needs. Support groups can also connect you with parents experiencing similar challenges with their toddlers and can provide you with advice or just a connection with someone who understands what you're going through.
3Your toddler may experience difficulty with both fine- and gross-motor skills. This can be a source of frustration for your child, which can lead to undesirable behavior. An occupational therapist can work with your child on his balance and coordination. An occupational therapist can also support your toddler's sensory needs, which may be cause for struggles in your household. Find a therapist to help you address issues such as food aversions or noise.
4Your toddler may benefit from participating in a social skills program. These programs can help your child with skills such as turn-taking, sharing, dealing with change and expressing emotions appropriately. You can learn how to support your child at home through modeling and prompts. Beginning to address challenges with social skills and communication at an early age will help your child when he is ready to begin school.