One of the most difficult roles of Aspergers Syndrome is that of a student. It is challenging for them to make friends and to learn solely on the basis of what teachers provide. Unfortunately, Aspergers students often fall behind, get in trouble, or become bullying victims. For any of these reasons, getting through the typical school day proves to be a real hassle.
However, Aspergers students can do much in their power to make the most of school days, even with a multitude of challenges.
1.Those who demonstrate their natural capabilities for honesty, intelligence, and personal strength tend to receive support, praise, and encouragement from peers and school staff alike.
For example, the Aspergers student who struggles with essay writing ensures greater success when he gets aid from his English teacher, as opposed to when he remains silent. Moreover, the teacher becomes more likely to notice his specific strengths and weaknesses in the subject. Therefore, the teacher obtains more information to help him in the future.
Another example is the Aspergers student who lies on the verge of academic failure; she scores low in multiple classes.
In this situation, she has no choice but to speak to her teachers and parents, considering that they all desire an explanation for her generally poor academic stance. After providing an explanation, she agrees to seek tutoring services. As a result, she significantly improves and receives school wide recognition for that general improvement.
Based on these two examples, one can assert that actions rooted in truth and personal accountability constitute the real trick to an Aspergers student’s success.
2.Aspergers students who possess knowledge regarding bullying and poor ethics make themselves better equipped to support themselves and to not submit to external pressure.
Aspergers students often act out due to sensory or social difficulties, among other things. Consequently, they often unwittingly make themselves the subjects of negative attention in their schools. This culminates in a negative, rather than positive, reputation.
On a positive note, however, students with ASD often develop more personal strength and learn to communicate efficiently because of their challenges.
As a result, they usually avoid most unpleasant and mischievous situations. Through this mindset, they give themselves the confidence to move forward and carry on with their daily routines, regardless of such bad influences.
The Aspergers student who prepares for bad situations and learns to competently and maturely handle them typically performs better under pressure. This is the best way for the student with ASD to take full advantage of learning experiences in their school life.
3.Distinguished honor roll, eligibility for student organizations, academic merit, scholarships, self-esteem, and self-motivation all result from maintaining a high grade point average, regardless of grade level.
Best of all, an Aspergers student already possesses many advantageous traits to make such a dream of success a reality. These traits, in addition to maintaining an open mind, always pay off in school, especially with academics.
Common ASD traits include perfectionism, detail orientation, intense focus, profound intellect, and self-determination, among others.
For example, the Aspergers student who strives to consistently achieve perfect scores on any assignment through focus on minor details does, in fact, accomplish that feat. So long as the ASD student remains passionate and motivated about their work, they can meet their goals.
Further, a clever perfectionist Aspergers student finds success by looking at each assignment or task from many perspectives. This way they can determine which strategy works best when they work on the assignment.
Finally, the Aspergers student who always feels determined to succeed, academically or otherwise, establishes a solid emotional foundation against failure and adversity, and uses them as sources of lessons. The ASD student can then use those lessons to improve their performance.
4.Aspergers students who develop the ability to sort out quality people from the rest of the schools’ populations make themselves more likely to feel secure and content in various relationships.
Stereotypically, quirkiness prevents an Aspergers individual from making connections. In reality, however, quirkiness serves as an integral trait to an Aspergers individual’s personality. It serves as a genuine part of self-expression.
In the context of making friends, those who appreciate and laugh along with such an expression indicate that the Aspergers individual can most likely connect with them and generally enjoy their company. Conversely, those who mock or disregard the quirks would not usually serve as worthwhile connections in any type of relationship.
5.Aside from friendship, Aspergers students can also make professional connections, especially during high school or college years.
The best opportunities often come from acquaintances, usually by word of mouth or purposeful conversation. Therefore, Aspergers students have better chances of both personal and professional success during and after the times that they use for networking.
More specifically, students should speak to their teachers, peers, or other staff members regarding new and/or intriguing opportunities for students. Likewise, the student should establish out-of-school connections, such as with college professors or the heads of useful programs. These kind of connections can aid the ASD student, such as transitioning between schools and grade levels.
The main lessons for Aspergers students to take from this include the following:
- Be yourself at all times, as long as you demonstrate integrity at all times;
- Maintain self-discipline as often as possible
- Educate yourself about whatever you can; especially about the topics or situations that you would likely find difficult to tackle
- Get help whenever necessary and whenever it has terrific benefits
- Understand how your mind works and use that as the basis for your learning experiences;
- Take inventory of all of your amazing traits and strategically use them, especially in school and during networking opportunities
- Always work to identify who belongs in your life and who does not
by Reese Eskridge
Reese Eskridge is a Production Technician with Fairville Products who is passionate about working in the sciences (biology) and wishes to take his work experiences further into the fields of Educational Neuroscience; Science Fiction; Freelance Writing; Disability Advocacy; Public Speaking; Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Aspergers101 is proud to offer the insights and perceptions of the talented Mr. Eskridge to our team of bloggers as he is a great example of living life on the spectrum to it’s fullest!