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For many kids with Asperger's Syndrome, physical challenges just come with the territory.
In the meantime, talk to an adult about your concerns. Although it can seem confusing and even hurtful, this is a normal part of development.
Be clear about your own needs and try to listen and help others; however, if that isn't possible, recognize that you are doing your best.
They may not all work for you, but one may be the key to handling the stress that comes with these changes. If you know you'll need to change classes in five minutes, try reminding yourself every one minute until the bell rings.
This type of warning can take some of the stress out of sudden transitions.
As if it isn't enough to try to understand the unstable moods of other teens, you're experiencing your own hormonal mood changes.
As a younger child, you learned coping mechanisms for handling your own challenging feelings, but those mechanisms may no longer apply.
If you're not sure how to meet a teacher's expectations, set up a time to talk to that teacher one-on-one or with your parents.
These days, most teachers understand the challenges of Asperger's, and they are willing to make accommodations to help you succeed.
Choose a non-competitive activity like swimming, biking, or hiking. Find a private place where no one else will see if you miss, and make a mark on the wall (with your parents' permission).
Remember all those coordination activities you did as a kid? Then throw the ball at the mark, trying to hit it each time. Step back each time until you find the activity challenging. You can work together on throwing and catching a ball, playing basketball, or doing another physical activity to improve your skills. Remember that a lot of kids, both neurotypical and those with Asperger's, struggle with coordination during the teen years. In your teen years, teachers begin to load on the homework and expect greater responsibility from students.
Parents may expect better organization and self-management as well.