Random question I know but let me explain...
My DS1 9yo went to his psych this morning. They are currently finishing up working on emotions; identifying and dealing with emotions. It's been almost a year. DS is going ok-ish with it, but as with these kids it is a very very slow process of rote learning. So it got me thinking about what issue will we deal with next? My next biggest concern is social/conversational issues. But what can I expect to be 'fixed' (for lack of a better word), and what do I and others around him just have to learn to deal with? For eg, I was thinking, I would love for him to know that it is socially expected that if he sees his friend he says 'hi' and at the end says "bye'. This I expect him to learn, and I have been working on this his whole life and he is getting the hang of it somewhat. But what about things like; I would love to have a normal conversation with him, ie when I try and talk to him about something spontaneous he either doesn't reply or just nods his head or says 'yep', or at the other end of the scale, if he has a spiel ready to go it just goes on and on and on without any consideration for the other person in the conversation. And further to that, I would love him to realise when he is boring the other person to death, and change the subject. But then I thought, is that too much to ask? Will he be able to learn these things? Or not? There's a whole bunch of other traits that I wonder about too.
Opinions? Does anyone know what is reasonable to expect after trying to socially train an Aspergers kid all their life?
Sorry I think this has turned into abit of a vent more than anything, it gets really tiring talking to DS sometimes.
But would be curious to hear of anyone's experience/opinions, especially I guess of older Aspie kids/teens/adults.