Kids with Aspergers syndrome can be hard to work with because they have several problems with social interaction. As a parent it'll be tough to encourage and guide your child through this difficult condition as it may seem like he or she is set on their ways.
Asperger's syndrome is described as a dysfunction which affects an individual's ability to empathize with others and interact with them. It's tough for children with Asperger's to understand nonverbal communication. The condition is also characterized by an intense interest or behavior. This can be anything from paying lots of attention to the laces in their shoes to repetitively washing their hands.
So what could you do as a parent to assist to work with the child? The very first thing you need to understand is that this is a symptom and not the mistake of the kid. Once you acknowledge this on a deep level, you will be able to understand the social mistakes, temper tantrums and focus on seemingly unimportant things.
By acknowledging and understanding the problem, you can begin to build trust and rapport with your kid so that when there are any challenges, the kid will be able to lean on you for support and help. You want to develop a positive interaction to even offer some kind of stability as other people will often misunderstand and may be negative towards the kid.
One of the other things that you would have to do is focus on what stress the child is facing. Lots of behavior is created by outside stimuli like loud noise and even settings where there are lots of others. By pinpointing what is causing stress, you could limit any behavior which could create difficulty. You'll also learn what situations to avoid and be able to cope with the situation knowing that the kid is under stress.
Much like a child with ADD, it's important to set in place a daily routine to help the kid get things done and stay focused on moving forward. Work with the kid and set up a plan on when to get up, go to sleep, eat lunch, play, and spend time on their schoolwork. Do not try to introduce a plan all at once. Try to slowly integrate each part of the day bit by bit till the kid is adjusted.
Kids with Aspergers syndrome need a strong circle of support so it is important that you let other parents, school teachers, and family members know about the condition. This way, they will understand that the child is not at fault for their behavior and their inability to be adjusted socially.