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|Tue, 09-09-2003 - 9:24am|
My 16yo (junior) is very active in the martial arts club at his high school and is on the SWAT team (the students that will be assisting the instructor with the new students). One of the freshmen that has expressed an interest in the martial arts club has Aspergers's Syndrome and the instructor would like one of his SWAT team members to help him - stay next to him and give him any special assistance he needs during the class. DS is interested in volunteering for this opportunity as he feels it will be good experience at teaching and could be very rewarding for him and, hopefully, for the other young man. Neither ds or I know anything about Asperger's, only that it's in the autism family. There was a family at church with a little boy that had autism but a more extreme case. My question is - is there anything ds should be aware of if he starts to work with this boy? Will he be able to communicate with him in the same way he does with the other teens? I know these seem like stupid questions but as I said the only experience I've had with anything like this was the little boy at church and he didn't communicate AT ALL.
Thanks for any insights or hints you may have.