An 8 years old boy named Tom, he is a child with Asperger's syndrome. He lives with his Mom. His Mom is a single mother and has a full-time job. Because of the summer is coming, school will be closed soon. Tom's mother is worried about him as she can't take care of Tom during weekdays. She comes to me and asks for advice. In my opinion, I think Tom needs a summer program which the environment is welcomed and inclusive for a child with Asperger's syndrome. According to Tom's previous experience in school, he had made lots of progresses. Therefore, I believe Tom can continue his progressing in a summer program. Also, a well-planned summer program will help Tom improve his social skills. The scenario says Tom has some difficulty with impulse control, but it doesn't say which kind of impulse does Tom has. I suggest, maybe his Mom can take Tom to a counselling and let expert provide advice to help Tom control his impulse. In addition, I think Tom's Mom needs a summer program which is not expensive, and the program must suit for her work shift. I feel Tom's Mom can join in a group which the members are the parents whose child with Asperger's syndrome. In the group, she can find emotion supports from other Moms and gain some useful suggestions or experience about how to take care of a child with Asperger's syndrome. I also think, Tom's Mom needs to take Tom to see a specialist who can help Tom improve his symptoms through some treatments.
Asperger's Syndrome &quot;Impairments in social interactions and the presence of restricted interests and activities, with no clinically significant general delay in language, and testing in the range of average to above-average intelligence.&quot; (ECEP223, Reading Package) Characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome &quot;Social interaction Individuals with AS experience difficulties in basic elements of social interaction, which may include a failure to develop friendships or to seek shared enjoyments or achievements with others (for example, showing others objects of interest), a lack of social or emotional reciprocity, and impaired nonverbal behaviors in areas such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, and gesture. Restricted and repetitive interests and behavior People with Asperger syndrome often display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. They may stick to inflexible routines, move in stereotyped and repetitive ways, or preoccupy themselves with parts of objects. Speech and language Although individuals with Asperger syndrome acquire language skills without significant general delay and their speech typically lacks significant abnormalities, language acquisition and use is often atypical. Children with AS appear to have particular weaknesses in areas of nonliteral language that include humor, irony, and teasing. Although individuals with AS usually understand the cognitive basis of humor, they seem to lack understanding of the intent of humor to share enjoyment with others. Other Children with ASD often demonstrate enhanced perception of small changes in patterns such as arrangements of objects or well-known images; typically this is domain-specific and involves processing of fine-grained features.&quot; (Wikipedia, Asperger syndrome)
According to my research, &quot;the child with Asperger's Syndrome may exhibit some sensory processing difficulties that result in atypical responses to sensory input (auditory, visual, tactile, smell, taste and movement). This difficulty in organizing his sensory input, experiencing both hypersensitive (over response) and hyposensitive responses (under response) to various sensory stimuli, can cause him to experience stress and anxiety in trying to interpret his environment accurately.&quot; (Children with Asperger's syndrome). I would like to arrange a quiet area for the child with special need in my classroom. And I will make that area as a place that can help the child calm down and make the child feel comfortable. For example, I can put a bean bag chair and some child's favorite books or toys in that quiet area. It won't be occupied too much space in the classroom. &quot;Children with Asperger's Syndrome tend to have very rigid egocentric perceptions of the world, and thus can become quite upset when changes occur that &quot;go against&quot; their preconceived &quot;rules&quot; or perceptions. Therefore, when a new situation occurs, they have to learn a &quot;new rule&quot; (perception) which can be very upsetting to them.&quot; (Children with Asperger's syndrome). My changing strategy is, I can use some visual signs (such as pictures) to inform the child in transition time. It helps the child transfer from one activity to the next activity successfully. &quot;Children with Asperger's Syndrome often have the intellectual ability to successfully participate in the regular education curriculum. However, they may lack the social/emotional abilities to cope with the demands of the regular education environment, such as regular class room, recess, and lunch. As a result, these children may exhibit a low self-esteem, may be self-critical and may be unable to tolerate making mistakes (perfectionist). Thus they can become easily overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated, resulting in behavioral outbursts due to poor coping strategies/self-regulation.&quot; (Children with Asperger's syndrome) My changing strategy is, observe the child first and find out his interests, then plan an activity which need to be carry out within a small group of children. For example, if the child is interested in playing puzzles, I can let children work together to complete a difficult puzzle which they need to collaborate with each other. From this activity, the child with Asperger's syndrome can improve his self-esteem and social skills as well. In addition, I can invite the child's Mom to our child care center. Though his Mom has a full-time job, I still can try my best to invite and encourage his Mom to participate some events in the center. For example, I can invite Mom to attend his son's birthday party which will be celebrate in the classroom. It shows the attitude of welcome and inclusion the child with special needs in our center.
Geneva Center for Autism is an agency that provide services for individual with special needs and their families. &quot;They offer a wide range of clinical services which are determined individually for each person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They also offer comprehensive education and training services which enable parents and professionals to become effective interveners and advocates for people with ASD.&quot; In the Center, they provide &quot;Asperger Specific Programs&quot; which including &quot;Asperger Series Workshops&quot; & &quot;Asperger Groups&quot;. Asperger series workshops are focus on teaching parents how to help children with Asperger's syndrome improving their behaviour, independence and social interaction. Asperger groups are the groups for 12-18 years old children. They have some specific curriculum for children with Asperger's syndrome such as anger management, building self-esteem and learning social boundaries. Here is the contact information: Mailing address: 112 Merton Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M4S 2Z8 Tel: (416) 322-7877 Fax: (416) 322-5894 This is their website: http://www.autism.net
Self-Evaluation From this assignment, I have gained some basic understanding about what is Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder and individual with Asperger's syndrome has difficult in social interaction. Also Asperger's syndrome can't be cured but with some assists (both physical treatments and practices), the situation can be improved. I also learned each child is unique and has different needs, no matter the child is a child with special needs or not. As an ECE teacher, I have the responsibility to meet individual's need as possible as I can. For example, I found out I can adjust physical environment (arrange a quiet area in the classroom) for child with Asperger's syndrome to help him/her clam down when the child is overstimulated. The most challenge part in this assignment is to find an appropriate agency that can help child with Asperger's syndrome and his/her family in Toronto especially. I did amount of research on the Internet and finally found an agency in Toronto that provide services for children with Autism and their families. This agency has some specific programs for children with Asperger's syndrome. On the other hand, I found lots of resources about Asperger's syndrome on the Internet. I decided to sort these information and I classified them into 4 parts, which are agency, websites, books and upcoming event. It helps readers look up the information they need more easier. Next time I would like to focus on research some specialists for child with special needs, also I am willing to find some groups which can support the parents emotionally. I believe parents need someone has the same situation as them to be the backup. They need a place to release their stresses even it is only a short period.
Bibliography Learning Together Every step of the way. (n.d.) ECEP-233 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs, Reading Package Parts 1,2&3. [Class Handouts] Website Asperger syndrome, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 9, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome Special Education Services. (n.d.). Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Characteristics/Learning Styles and Intervention Strategies. Retrieved March 9, 2012, from http://www.specialed.us/autism/asper/asper12.html Video clip Raenorri. (2010, October 19). four year old with aspergers syndrom and part of a meltdown (note fixation and repetitve language). Youtube. Retrieved March 9, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= T4HC-XjP05E&feature=related The Reference List of Resources http://www.autism.net/services/services-for-children/asperger-specific-programs.html http://aspergersetal.community.officelive.com/default.aspx http://www.autism.net http://autismawarenesscentre.com/booksproducts/asperger-syndrome?page=shop.browse&category_id=7 http://www.aspergers.ca/2012/02/new-aso-asperger-parent-support-group/
Kailei cheng meeting the needs of children and families
Centennial College ECEP 233-002Meeting the Needs of Children and Families (Part one) Professor: Chris Cadieux Student: Kailei Cheng Due Date: March 18, 2012
Introducation to the Child and FamilyIntroducation:• a boy (8 years old) with Aspergers syndrome• his Mom is a single Mom and has a full-time jobNeeds:• find a summer program as school is closed• a program the Mom can afford it• the program is welcomed & inclusive for child with Aspergers syndrome• counselling & specialist
Introduction to the Individual Special Need• Tom is a child with Aspergers syndrome• what is Aspergers Syndrome? It is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)• video-- a child with Aspergers syndrome Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HC-XjP05E&feature=rela
Meeting the Neesds in the Child Care Centre• modify physical environment arrange a quiet area for the child with Aspergers syndrome• teaching strategies use pictures to guide child during transition time help child improve self-esteem and social interaction• family-involved event celebrate childs birthday in child care center
Overview of Referred agency/agencies and resources• agency resource: "Geneva Center for Autism" website: http://www.autism.net/services/services-for-children/asperger→ they have "Asperger Sepcific Programs" which including "Asperger Series Workshops"& "Asperger Groups"→ contact them by Tel: (416) 322-7877
Contd• website resources:→ “Aspergers et al” http://aspergersetal.community.officelive.com/default.aspx Currently serving Ontario, this group provides hope, understanding and support to individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome and associated disorders.
Contd→ “Aspergers Society of Ontario” http://www.aspergers.ca/ The Aspergers Society was founded in 2000 by parents of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and by dedicated, concerned professionals.• book resources:→ books dealing with Asperger Syndrome http://autismawarenesscentre.com/booksproducts/ asperger-syndrome?page=shop.browse&category_id=7
Contd• upcoming event resource: http://www.aspergers.ca/2012/02/new-aso-asperger-parent-su→ Topic: "Asperger Parent and Caregiver Support Group in Toronto" (April 18, 2012)