The diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should not be a barrier to holding a licence. Driving is a process of constantly assessing the big picture; this can pose a major challenge to students with ASD. Some people may find this skill extremely difficult to grasp whilst others will be highly competent drivers.
As we teach friendship skills, we also need to teach that friendships grow and change, and so we need to guide them through the different stages of friendships as some friendships wane and others become much closer. This can be taught if you have established a mentor relationship with the student.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can, and usually have a problem with, perfection and everything being perfect. That is perfection as perceived by them.
Due to their literal thinking styles and unconventional ways of problem solving, their concept of something being perfect is very different from ours. This can lead to many problems at home and especially at school.
When a friendship has formed, many ASD people will forget to maintain and reciprocate this friendship. We need to give them “ideas” and “how to instructions”.
We need to remind them with each new situation so they can build up a repertoire of scenarios where they will feel comfortable in using these “instructions”.
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Written by Emily Pearl Kingsley. Describing the experience of raising a child with a disability – To try to help people who have not shared that unique experience, to understand it, and to imagine how it would feel.
You have landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books, and learn a whole new language, and you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
Stress Scales also turn emotions, which are abstract concepts that require imagination to understand fully, into concrete examples of numbers or colours, which are easier to understand. See more soon in the upcoming book Effective Communication by Anna Tullemans and Rhonda Valentine Dixon.