"Asperger's Syndrome" and impacts for the classroom teacher
Asperger's syndrome is a disorder on the Autism spectrum. It is a developmental disorder that affects how the brain processes information. Students who suffer Asperger's often have trouble developing friendships and can have difficulty with their communication skills. Like any other disability, Asperger's sufferers can vary in severity and no two cases are exactly the same. There is no cure for Asperger's but students with the syndrome can be helped in the classroom by ongoing support from the classroom teacher and school and regular routines in the classroom and at home. Understanding the child is the most important aspect to being able to support them in the classroom. The first point of call to find out relevant information is the parents/guardians. They will be able to tell you the most important aspects of the child; what tips them over the edge, what do they like etc. Once you have this information, it is important to develop a relationship with the student to build trust. Implement activities/resources to help support the child as you see fit. Some students' diagnosis will go unnoticed in the classroom as it does not affect their school work at all. Other students will take a lot of support and time to ensure they are achieving to the best of their ability.