My oldest has Aspergers he is 14 now and was diagnosed when he was 8. A few things that work for us are: Index cards- I have his morning school routine written on the cards (telling him what to do each morning before school) and that way he can see what he needs to do to get ready for the day. For younger children you could use a picture chart showing the things you do. I also give him 'transition time' between activities-- meaning if he is playing video games and it is almost bedtime I will give him notice "you have 10 more minutes" that way he knows he will have to stop soon. I find that if I want him to do something I have to be specific. I can't say "clean up your room" I need to tell him what needs to be picked up and put away. I have also learned that when he has meltdowns I need to walk away and let him have time to himself to cool down, and then later we talk about what happened.
at 1:00 PM on Mar. 14, 2011