Unique Behaviours of your High Functioning Autistic Child (AS-HFA) That Can Become Their Strenghts

Problems that children with AS-HFA have in school and the social world are often related to their inflexibility, single-mindedness and difficulty relating to peers: can be viewed differently and can be capitalized on. With little creativity and thoughtfulness, these too can become their strengths.

 

Recognizing order and following rules: these children often navigate the world by forming rules or recognizing patterns about how things work, the way people work and how events typically unfold. Parents can use this desire of the child to enlist your child’s help in chores around the house. These children are likely to find social interactions that occur in rule governed contexts more comfortable. For example board games, spelling, word construction games etc.

 

Passion & Conviction: Parents often lament that their child’s single mindedness about certain subjects on interests-usually to the detriment of necessities such as schoolwork, chores and personal hygiene. But the very same tendency for focus makes these children diligent students of the subjects that interest them and very high achievers in those areas. Whenever possible incorporate your child’s interest into school related activities, by doing so, you will maximise the likelihood that these interests will someday be channelled in a functional way that leads to a job or a career. Another way to use your child’s zeal for a topic in a functional way is to find peers who share the interest. This can create new opportunities for social interaction and practicing peer relationship skills.

 

Comfort and Compatibility with Adults: Children with AS-HFA often have difficulty getting along with their peers, whose behaviour they may find unpredictable. Adults are more consistent and more accommodating than peers, so many youngsters with ASD prefer the company of adults.

 

 


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