Asperger's Syndrome Treatments

(Also Known As: Aspergers Syndrome Treatments, Asperger’s Disorder Treatments, Asperger Syndrome Treatments, Autism Treatments, Autistic Treatments, Aspergers Treatments, Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Asperger’s Syndrome Treatments are Available?

While persons with asperger’s syndrome may seem to lack empathy, it is important to understand that this is mainly due to their difficulty in understanding social conventions, emotions and motivations. This does not mean that such individuals are incapable of feeling tenderness and compassion, or that they don’t feel the need to have meaningful relationships. 3

Individuals with asperger’s syndrome really do perceive the world in a different way, in a manner in which social, emotional and relationship conventions do not take center stage. At the moment, there has been no proven treatment for asperger’s syndrome. Even psychotherapy or intervention approaches have not been proven effective in treating symptoms. 4 As such it may be more important for the parents of children with asperger’s syndrome (or the relationship partners of adults with asperger’s) to seek some information or psychotherapy—for them to better understand and help their love one.

In managing asperger’s syndrome in children, parents can help the child develop better social and emotional understanding and lessen the child’s anxiety or frustration by placing the child in an “asperger’s friendly” learning place where there is understanding for the child’s condition. This may be achieved by enrolling the child in a special school or class, or in a normal class with a smaller student population and the appropriate curriculum (i.e. less complex social demands). It is important that the child or adolescent receive supervised social interactions, to lessen chances or episodes of bullying from peers as well as to encourage or facilitate socialization.

The suggested learning place for children with asperger’s syndrome is a school setting that is highly structured and follows routines, and/or academically driven—as compared to those with unstructured social situations or novel situations requiring intuitive and quick-adjusting social problem-solving skills. While there is a debate as to whether children with asperger’s syndrome should be placed in specialized schools or integrated into mainstream schools—the important thing to remember is that both settings will have their own advantages and disadvantages. In both settings, it is crucial that parents and educators do not lose sight of the child’s unique individual needs and to strive to find adequate and effective programs and services that will advance the acquisition of social and other necessary life skills. 5

For adults with asperger’s syndrome to develop better social functioning, General Intervention/Training Strategies may be advisable. Such intervention or training should focus on developing understanding of the cause and effect of emotions, appropriate reading of social cues, self-monitoring in conversations, etc. 6

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