Aspergers Syndrome is a type of Autism however, there are many symptoms of Aspergers but the most prevailing is severe trouble with social situations, obsessions, odd speech patterns, other atypical characteristics. You child may have mild to severe symptoms ad there are not two children alike with the same symptoms of Aspergers. Kids with Aspergers have few facial expressions and have difficulty reading the body language of others. They may engage in obsessive routines and display an unusual sensitivity to sensory stimuli, for example they may be disturbed by a light that no one else notices; they may cover their ears to block out sounds in the environment; or they may prefer to wear clothing made of only certain materials.
Other characteristics of Aspergers include motor delays, clumsiness, limited interest and unusual obsessions. Like most of the other disorders there is no cure for Aspergers Syndrome, however with treatment the symptoms can before less severe and decline over time. Early intervention is extremely helpful not only by helping your child how to deal with the symptoms but also for decreasing the symptoms.
It’s very important to point that that unlike kids with Autism those with Asperger’s might not show any delays in language development; they usually have good grammatical skills and an advanced vocabulary at a very early age. However, they typically show signs of a language disorder and might have trouble using the language in a social situation. Often times there are not obvious delays in cognitive development or self-help skills such as dress and feeding themselves, although they can exhibit problems with attention span and organization. They usually reveal that they have average or above-average intelligence.
Aspergers can reveal patterns of behaviors and problems that differ widely from child to child; therefore there is not a “typical” or prescribed treatment regimen. However, the child may benefit from some of the following forms of treatment.
· Sensory Integration – this is usually preformed by an occupational therapist- your child is desensitized to stimuli to which they are overly sensitive.
· Language/Speech Therapy
· Social Skills Training
· Psychotherapy or behavioral/cognitive therapy
· Parent education and training
With that in mind there are a ton of other resources out there and again not a “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan. Our highly trained and knowledgeable team of therapists will develop a treatment plan based on each individual child.