Finding the Best Asperger Syndrome Treatment Center
Asperger syndrome is considered to be on the autism spectrum.
A high-functioning version of the disorder, it is usually characterized by social awkwardness and emotionally inappropriate behavior – but not a lack of intelligence.
Parents of children who struggle with Asperger’s syndrome often notice something “different” by age 3, depending upon their child’s ability to hit developmental milestones. Early intervention can be the key to effective treatment. If you believe that your child is struggling with Asperger’s syndrome or an autism spectrum disorder, contact us to discuss the next step for your child.
Obsession, Ritual, and Detachment
Children with Asperger syndrome are often highly focused on one specific interest or topic, define their daily routine through certain rituals, and they appear to be emotionally detached from everyone – even parents and close family members, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Children with Asperger syndrome speak very formally and talk about little except their topic of interest, often rambling endlessly about small details pertaining to their favorite subject. Inflection and volume are not of high importance to them, so they often speak loudly when it’s not appropriate (e.g., church, libraries, etc.) and carry on their monologue in a monotone voice.
They often do not prefer to isolate themselves like many on the autism spectrum; instead, they may seek people out but find that conversation is impossible because of the language and behavior quirks that are socially uncomfortable.
Causes of Asperger Syndrome
Parents, rest assured that it is not your fault that your child has Asperger syndrome. Though no one has pinpointed a direct cause for the disorder, many believe that it is brain abnormalities that cause the symptoms of Asperger syndrome. It’s an issue that most likely happens during fetal development, but is not the fault of the mother.
However, genetics may be an issue with Asperger syndrome, as with other autism spectrum disorders because it tends to run in families. Inherited genetic mutations are suspected but no Asperger syndrome gene has been identified.
Signs of Asperger Syndrome
- Inability to make or hold eye contact
- Emotional distance; no connection
- Doesn’t respond to his name
- Clumsy body movements or slow to develop motor skills
- Disinterested in playing or interacting with peers
- Doesn’t gesture to point or show
- Repeats rituals and routines
- Once language develops, makes peculiar speech or language choices (e.g., overly formal, doesn’t understand sarcasm, takes figurative language literally, etc.)
Asperger Syndrome Quick Facts
- Motor development delays are often the first indicator of Asperger syndrome.
- It is estimated that 2 to 6 children in every 1,000 have Asperger syndrome.
- Boys are three or four times more likely to develop Asperger syndrome.
- Mostly considered a childhood disorder, more is being done to understand the disorder among adults seeking treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.
Disorders That Often Co-Occur With Asperger Syndrome
- Tourette syndrome
- Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Treatment of Asperger Syndrome for Children
There are a number of different types of treatment that have been proven to be effective for children who are living with Asperger syndrome. According to NINDS, these treatments include:
- Medication. It may not be necessary if Asperger syndrome is the only issue but if there are co-occurring disorders, it may be a beneficial part of treatment.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy. Talk therapy that helps children to better manage their emotional responses as well as their urge to perform rituals and routines.
- Social skills training. In group therapy, children can learn how to function more comfortably in social situations.
- Occupational or physical therapy. Sensory issue and poor motor skills are addressed here.
- Speech and language therapy. The ability to dialogue is practiced here, as is understanding jokes, sarcasm and idioms.