Asperger’s/Higher-verbal autism

Aspergers/high-functioning autism Skills

Does this describe your son’s challenges:

Social Skills

  • Appears awkward and has difficulty initiating conversations with similar-age peers
  • Feels more comfortable communicating with younger children or adults than similar-age peers
  • Spends most of his free time alone, playing video games or watching videos of people playing video games
  • Tends to have one-sided conversations, talks at people about his interests
  • Says things impulsively, lacks a “filter”
  • Can be inflexible, often says “No” to anything new
  • Says his “friends” are kids he plays online video games with 
  • Labels other kids  as “annoying” or “weird” despite the fact he acts like them
  • Trouble understanding social cues 
  • Lacks understanding how he is perceived by others
  • Has difficulty understanding other’s thoughts, feelings and intentions
  • Has a hard time understanding others’ sense of humor
  • Has a tendency to “police” other kids and tries to control them
  • Doesn’t understand how boys his age relate to each other
  • Had friends in elementary school but became more socially isolated when he got to middle school
  • Struggles in unstructured or semi-structured social situations

Executive Function Skills

  • Has a hard time sensing the passage of time
  • Difficulty tolerating boredom and non-preferred tasks
  • Needs constant prompting and supervision to get through any type of non-preferred tasks.
  • Believes homework will take much longer than it actually will
  • Struggles during unstructured times
  • Chronically disorganized, forgets or looses materials
  • Under or over-estimates how long it will take to complete assignments
  • Has a hard time recalling how he performed a task in the past
  • Difficulty with future planning
  • Has a hard time self-monitoring himself and his schedule
  • Becomes easily distracted and/or wastes time with trivial matters
  • Focuses on small details and has a hard time getting the “bigger picture”
  • Has a messy school backpack or carries around too much
  • Completes homework but forgets to turn it in
  • Struggles with reading comprehension (remembers details but has a hard time summarizing)
  • Has a hard time with writing

Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Appears to be several years behind in his social/emotional maturity compared to same-age peers
  • Difficulty differentiating between “small problems” and “big problems”
  • Perseverates on the negative and has trouble letting go of things that bother him
  • Has difficulty when there are changes in routine or during transitions
  • Becomes argumentative or explosive when told to get off video games/computer
  • Has a hard time solving problems, wants you to solve problems for him
  • Tries to avoid non-preferred tasks
  • Lashes out at family when upset/angry
  • Makes self-defeating comments
  • Does not understand how his tone of voice sounds to others
  • Has difficulty with competition
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Holds it together during school and becomes irritable or more difficult to deal with after school

Your son needs to learn learn practical skills and strategies in a manner designed for how he learns best.   Traditional therapy/counseling is not designed for individuals with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism. 

Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Director has extensive training and education in treating Asperger’s and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses.  He holds the credential of Certified Autism Specialist.  Learn more about Ryan’s credentials here. 

Areas we frequently work on during our sessions include:

  • Developing age-expected emotional regulation skills
  • Improving compliance at home
  • Developing resiliency to get through non-preferred tasks
  • Understanding how to be relatable to similar-age boys
  • Improving cognitive flexibility (being less “black and white” in thought process)
  • Learning how to differentiate between what’s a “small problem” or “big problem”
  • Reducing compulsive video gaming/internet usage
  • Managing morning routine, homework, etc. more independently
  • Developing independent problem solving skills
  • Improving perspective taking ability (understanding other’s thoughts/feelings & understanding how you come across to others)
  • Improving self-confidence

Topics frequently addressed with parents include:

  • Improving compliance and avoiding power struggles
  • Transitioning off of screen time
  • Helping your child develop resiliency to complete non-preferred tasks
  • Improving executive function skills (going from being prompt-dependent to independent)
  • Setting realistic expectations at home
  • Understanding how to move your child away from being over-dependent to feeling empowered
  • Managing your child’s emotional/behavioral dysregulation at home so family life is not revolving around his moods and behaviors
  • Dealing with behaviors that make others’ uncomfortable

Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Director holds the credential of Certified Autism Specialist. 

Please contact us below to discuss how we can help your family.