Asperger Syndrome Treatment in Steubenville, OH
Asperger Syndrome (also called Asperger's Syndrome) is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People with Asperger syndrome are considered “high functioning” on the autism spectrum. This just means that along a spectrum there can be a wide range of conditions ranging from mild to very severe. Asperger's falls in the mild range.
Most people with Asperger's have trouble socializing and usually have a specific set of interests or repetitive behaviors. It's normal for children with Asperger Syndrome to have coordination difficulties—they are often clumsy and may have poor motor skills. They may also have trouble reading nonverbal communication such as a frown or smile and reacting appropriately.
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Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome
Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome can vary widely. Not every person may all the symptoms, but the most common include:
- Lack of eye contact during conversations
- Limited social interactions
- Robotic or repetitive speech
- Average to above average verbal skills
- Trouble with nonverbal communication (body language, facial expressions)
- Obsession with specific topics
- Talk about themselves rather than other people
- Awkward movements
- Trouble understanding social or emotional issues
Causes of Asperger Syndrome
Scientists are not sure what causes Asperger Syndrome. They continue to study it, but believe that biological and psychological triggers may be involved.
Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome
Most cases of Asperger Syndrome are not diagnosed until an adult or child begins to show behaviors which disrupt home, work, or school life. Most of the time, a diagnosis is made after a patient's struggles in social settings becomes apparent. For example, many adults are diagnosed when seeking help for anxiety or depression .
Many times, children with Asperger's are mistakenly labeled with ADHD until it is clear that the real issue is trouble socializing, not focusing.
Proper diagnosis may mean seeing a child development specialist or if you are an adult, a psychiatrist. However, your primary care provider should be your starting place. He or she will need to do a thorough physical examination and gather information about yours or your child's developmental history. If you are an adult, try to gather information about your birth and childhood from your parents, grandparents or a caregiver if you can. It's okay if you don't know this information.
If your primary provider doesn't find any physical reason for your symptoms, he or she may refer you to a specialist for additional testing. This may include evaluations of:
- Motor skills
- Speech patterns
- Understanding nonverbal cues
- Other mental health conditions like anxiety or depression
For children, your provider may want to observe your child in school or social settings to see how he or she interacts with others. All of this information can help make the diagnosis.
Treatment for Asperger Syndrome
The focus of treatment for Asperger's is to help children and adults improve their ability to socialize and interact with others in a healthy way. Because every patient will have their own unique set of symptoms and severity, no two treatment plans will be the same.
Your healthcare team should customize treatment to your or your child's needs.
Treatment for Asperger Syndrome in Children
Your child may respond well to programs offered in his or her school. If you are unsure what is available where you live, call your school guidance counselor. Customized learning systems and adjustments in the classroom can improve some symptoms as can behavioral therapy, sensory integration therapy, and more.
It is also helpful to identify any other underlying conditions like ADHD, bipolar disorder r, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or social anxiety disorders and treat these separately with medications or therapy as needed. Your child's healthcare provider or the provider who diagnosed their Asperger's will also be excellent resources.
Treatment for Asperger Syndrome in Adults
There is no one medication used to treat Asperger syndrome. However, underlying issues including anxiety, depression, social anxiety, and bipolar disorders can be treated.
In addition, you may respond well to a variety of therapies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a good way to learn to control impulses, emotions and behavior. Sensory integration therapy and brain training techniques may also be beneficial. Ask your healthcare provider or mental health professional for more information.
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To request more information, please call (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Martin Gallagher online.
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