We have a son who is newly diagnosed with ASD and we are looking into things that we can do to proactively support him and help him manage his autism in a way that he can accept, without feeling disabled by it. Hoping to tap into ideas for therapies and interventions that have worked for other people, or something they wished they had tried or were offered when they were younger.
As a family we have a positive attitude to the diagnosis. His main difficulties are around anxiety and emotional well-being - he struggles with emotional literacy and reading the emotional tone of other people. He is also very literal and struggles to maintain an internal monologue, which means he often vocalises at inappropriate times. Add into this, difficulties in concentration.
This is a bit of a learning curve for us and we are open to ideas.
Vicki said:Hoping to tap into ideas for therapies and interventions that have worked for other people, or something they wished they had tried or were offered when they were younger.
Try perhaps reading The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood, which I found extremely useful after my diagnosis, as which costs just under twenty pounds sterling, if one can afford it, or if not here is a free PDF link:
What support has he got in place? It all depends on your area but county inclusive can help with strategies in school
Gaining an understanding is a long process really, it would be useful to create notes on the seven areas and then identify what you can:-
I have a very useful presentation from the NAS show 2019 from Bethany Edwards about this which opened my eyes to areas I did not think about. I am recognised as being High Functioning Autism not yet diagnosed but showing many traits/behaviours to confirm that in light of others experienced with Neuro diverse people.
Neuro Tribes by Steve Silberman is also a good read as well as his TED Talk.
Purple Ella does some amazing videos on YouTube - it's definitely worth checking them out (sometimes she includes her children in the videos too). She's an autistic adult with three autistic children. Just watch each video before showing any to your son; some of them discuss adult themes. I love the practical tips she offers - hope you find them helpful.
I have found the Aspegers Experts website (https://www.aspergerexperts.com/) very useful. It's an American site but has been set up by people with ASD so the strategies put forward are practical and appropriate. There is a bit of a sales pitch running through it (Books, courses etc) but still plenty of free advice and videos :)