What is Asperger’s?
In 2013, Asperger’s syndrome has become part of a wider category called autism spectrum disorder. Before that, Asperger’s was a diagnosis on its own, but now it’s known as a high-functioning type of autism spectrum disorder. However, the term Asperger’s is still commonly used. What separates Asperger’s from autism is its less severe than autism, such as there are no language delays in Asperger’s like you would find with individuals who are autistic. However, individuals with Asperger’s have a normal intelligence level but they lack normal social skills.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger’s typically starts early on and the symptoms generally involve having a difficult time with social interactions, no desire for sameness, and confined interests. The challenges that affect individuals with Asperger’s syndrome could consist of being hypersensitive (tastes, lights, and sounds), having a hard time with a normal conversation, having a hard time with nonverbal conversation, anxiety, depression, and clumsiness. However, there are some positive attributes that come with Asperger’s. These can include having exceptional focus and persistence, being able to recognize patterns, and having a keen eye for details. It’s possible for individuals with Asperger’s to be able to overcome their challenges by building on their strengths.
There is no universal treatment for Asperger’s syndrome since every child is different, but there are a few therapies out there that could help. Some of these treatments consist of:
- Social Skills Training
- Speech Language Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Parent Education
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
It’s worthy to note that there aren’t any medications approved by the FDA to treat Asperger’s, but if your child is exhibiting symptoms of anxiety or depression, then there are some medicines a doctor could prescribe to treat those symptoms.
If you’re in the San Diego area and are concerned about your child, reach out to B.I.A.N.C.A. at (888) 815-2676. We’re a non-profit organization here to provide funds for therapy in regard to autism and Asperger’s. We can assist you in finding the resources you need throughout the San Diego area. Another objective of ours is to raise awareness for autism and Asperger’s and to support research towards these disorders. Be involved. Act now. Champion autism.