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My name is Matthew White and I am 15 years old and I have a younger brother who has Asperger’s syndrome. When I babysit, it is always a hassle to get him to brush his teeth or do something when it is his turn to do it. He will fight with me and be so persistent that it annoys me to the point I just give up. I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions to help my house run a little more smoothly and so my parents aren’t so overwhelmed.

I was also wondering if you could explain why he does these things. What I can do to help everything run smoother and help make our family more “close-knit”? I think that once we get this under control we can be a happier family in the long run.

All I know about the subject is that I just can’t get mad at him, because once I get mad at him he just doesn’t listen at all and then there is no way to get him to do what you want.


Your brother is very lucky to have a brother like you. Your awareness and sensitivity go beyond your 15 years of life. It sounds like both you and your parents need help. I would hope that this help was available through your brother’s school program or though a parent support group.

Ask your parents to go to a website - Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support. This site will provide lots of information on the questions you ask and will provide resources for you and for your parents.

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