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The Challenges of Working with Asperger Syndrome

Student with Asperger Syndrome, who has communication problems, aggressive acts and conflict with some teachers, but  manages to turn literature from a favourite  hobby into a successful learning subject.

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Included in school/society, Independent/life skills, Social communication
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All year long
Step by step description, including actions to be developed for preparation and implementation:
1. Introduction with the student’s character and building trust- about 2-3 months. 2. Acquaintance with the strong and weak sides of the social, communication, life and literary skills. 3. Individual psychological therapy- the purpose is increasing self- esteem, reducing aggressive behaviour, achieving socially acceptable behaviour. 4. Establishing an unusually high interest in literature. 5. Clarify the reasons for the poor ratings on literature at school- it`s difficult to communicate with persons, who doesn`t like (especially teachers). 6. Working for developing skills for tolerance- group therapy with the most unpleasant to him classmates. 7. Meetings and friendly conversations with psychologist and literature teacher. 8. Conversations with psychologist about favourite literary works- discussion of the literary images and characters. 9. Use of interest in literature to increase motivation for high scores. 10. Improving communication and life skills and suppression of aggressive acts.
Resources to be used, including human resources, materials and spaces:
Appropriate material base, individual consultations, daily therapy with a psychologist, organizing group therapy specially for the student, literary works other than the curriculum.
Difficulties found while implementing it:
The main difficulty was his total refuse to communicate with people, who doesn`t approve- especially literature teacher and most of classmates. Lack of co-operation by a class supervisor and classmates. Lack of co-operation by a parents, who was frustrated and irritated by his behaviour. Overcoming aggression. Motivation for good assessment of the subject. Building rules for right and wrong behaviour. Building skills for respect for authority.
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