Life Skill Series for People with Asperger?s: The Importance of an Emotional Support Person
Last week I posted a blog about the 20 year old with Asperger’s named Tara whom I have been working with weekly over the last year. We have been dissecting the challenge she has with sticking with an activity she has chosen and seeing it to completion (such as a dog training course she took last year) and the components that made it too stressful for her to continue. We have been discussing what kind of things could have made it easier for her to see it to the end. She expressed that if she has someone in the course that she knew, at least some of the time, to help her feel more secure, she could have been more successful. I thought this was a great thing to notice and so as she begins a new course in September for graphic design, I will begin sitting in as an ‘audit student’. I will do this more of the time in the beginning and then perhaps once a month as the course continues until I will not be there at all. This will also give me the opportunity to observe how she interacts with the teacher and fellow classmates so that I can help her further in her interaction. This is a suggestion I recommend to anyone trying to help someone with Asperger’s succeed.