Our grandson Ben was diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome when he was 9 years old. This mental disorder is a high performing form of autism. One of the many hits of autistic children is that they do not process language and verbal instructions the way normal people do. At least this is the case for Ben. A major problem Ben had during his school years was his inability to follow verbal instructions. If a teacher told the class what the next days homework assignment was Ben would never write it down or remember what she said. If, however, she would write the assignment on a piece of paper and give it to Ben he would be able to keep up with it.

One thing Ben's mother learned to do was to print his schedule of classes and tape it to the outside of his binder. This completely helped him get the correct class and get there on time.

Those specialists who work with Asperger students suggested we make detailed lists and post them where needed. This suggestion definitely helped. You may think that such a detailed list would not be necessary, but I assure you, it is necessary.

Here is an example of a reminder which was placed on the bathroom mirror in order for Ben to help Ben get ready for school each day:

  1. Get a clean towel and wash cloth.
  2. Get into shower and soap body thoroughly and rinse well.
  3. Shampoo your hair.
  4. Dry body completely with towel.
  5. Brush your teeth.
  6. Use deodorant under arms.
  7. Get dressed using clean clothes.

Without this written list, Ben would fail to perform the basic tasks he needed to do.