The School Day
School presents an environment in which children are expected to be attentive listeners and ready learners. In addition, the school day provides numerous opportunities for students to spend time getting to know one another. It will be important that you, your child, and your child's educators have a clear understanding of the most salient points of communicating with a child with Asperger's Syndrome (as discussed in Chapter 5). Specifically, how educators communicate information and the process time they allot for it can make or break your child's ability to assimilate educational curriculum on a day-to-day basis. If your child is very passive or is a “pleaser,” he may readily get swallowed up in confusion and misunderstanding — all the while giving the impression that everything's fine, until it's too late.
How can I help my child handle the demands of school?
Understanding how your child thinks and learns in his own words is a powerful alternative for some professionals who may perceive certain parents as overzealous or overprotective. Encourage your child to privately write or type some of his personal thoughts about coping (without fear of getting in trouble).