Special Needs: Parenting a Child with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome

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Special Needs: Parenting a Child with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome
San Jose State University


Parents who have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should define their parenting technique more so than parents of neurotypical children. Children with ASD have many different needs. For example, an ASD child has great difficulties with their social skills; this deficiency causes them not to have meaningful social interactions. Their interests are narrow, and it dominates the child's life (Volkmar & Klin, 2000, as cited in Sansosti & Powell-Smith, 2006).
Asperger's syndrome or high functioning autistic children are under a special category. The
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It was discovered that there is little time or energy to pursue a healthy relationship with a partner or friend. These parents experience more stress than those parents of children with other types of disabilities (Dunn, Burbine, Bowers, & Tantleff-Dunn, 2001). These are some of the issues that parents have when dealing with a child that has ASD.
Research (Thoits, 1995, as cited in Gray, 2003) on the issue of parents with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome shows how parents cope with their child's disability. The mother and the father each draws from different resources to cope with how they react toward their child. Furthermore, the research has shown that coping strategies varies for women and men.
In this study the fathers took on a more traditional role when it came to rearing their child. Fathers are often concerned about not being a source of strength for the other mate. Fathers contemplate internally, personally and with their spouse when it comes to their child's disability.
Children with special needs have a profound influence on their father's lives. Many fathers described increased empathy, and patience. The fathers felt that they had to put their lives in better perspective. Fathers often report that working with their child's mother to meet the needs of the child, drawing from each other's strengths and preferences.
The mothers take on all the responsibilities when it comes to there daily needs. The mothers make sure that the child's daily

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