Use visual systems, such as calendars,
checklists, and notes, to help define and organize schoolwork.
Orient your child to the school setting. Before the school year
starts, take time to "walk through" your child's daily schedule. You can also
use pictures to make your child familiar with the new settings before school
Be aware of and try to protect your child from bullying and
teasing. Talk to your child's teacher or school counselor about educating
classmates about Asperger's syndrome.
Ask your child's teacher to
seat your child next to classmates who are sensitive to your child's special
needs. These classmates might also serve as "buddies" during recess, at lunch,
and at other times.
Encourage your child's teacher to include your
child in classroom activities that emphasize his or her best academic skills,
such as reading, vocabulary, and art.
Set up homework routines for
your child by doing homework at a specific time and place every day. This will
help your child learn about time management.
Use rewards to
motivate your child. Allow him or her to watch TV or play a favorite video game
or give points toward a "special interest" gift when he or she performs
Some children with Asperger's have poor handwriting. Typing
schoolwork on a computer may be one way to make homework easier. Using
computers can also help children improve fine motor skills and organize
Occupational therapy may also be helpful.