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DS1 not able to distinguish between happy and sad voices.

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LynetteScavo Wed 22-Jul-09 13:15:11

DS1 (10) has Aspergers tendencies - we have worked hard on visual recognition of emotions - and watched many housrs of Transporters, and he seems to have got a grasp on that.

I'm now having problems when he is playing with DS2 - he has no idea between DS2 giggling and shouting "dont" and him screaming with fear or pain and shouting "don't".

Are there any aids out there that could help him with this?


123andaway Wed 22-Jul-09 17:42:08

I have exactly the same problem with DS1 (11 AS). On (the rare occassions) that he plays with DS2 or DD I have to watch him like a hawk, as he has no idea of the difference between playing and hurting.

He also cannot tell when someone has had enough/doesn't want to participate with what he wants them to do, and can be quite physical in trying to make someone do an activity with him.

Social stories are a good tool to use, although they haven't worked for us, I know alot of people find them useful.

bigbunny3 Wed 22-Jul-09 17:46:47

hi, i have the same problem with my child

his cdc teacher gave us faces with sad, cross and happy on them

i really didnt think it would work on him as he realy doesnt understand emotions but to my supirse they have realy worked

we ahve them alminated and velcroed on my mirror in the living room
when he goes to far i take the cross one and show it to his face, 80% of the time it stops him after one show, sometimes 2 or 3

i now have 'travel' ones for when were out too


LynetteScavo Wed 22-Jul-09 18:00:56

He's got a grip on facial expressions, its vocal expressions he's having rouble with .

(There is probably an official word for)

siblingrivalry Wed 22-Jul-09 18:27:08

My dd is 8 and also has AS. She also struggles with similar issues. At the moment, we are working on being a feelings detective -this basically encourages her to use all of the information available to her, rather than trying to guess how someone is feeling.

Also, you could try doing some voice recordings (if you don't feel too silly!)eg saying 'I'm really, really happy' in a sad voice. You can then discuss how the person is really feeling.

LynetteScavo Wed 22-Jul-09 19:12:19

I hadn't thought of doing it myself- duh! Will get DS2 to help me.

siblingrivalry Wed 22-Jul-09 21:09:53

I didn't think of it, either! DD had a SALT come out and she had recordings for her to listen to. Good luck.

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