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Asperger's Syndrome-Treatment

Last Updated on Dec 20, 2018
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People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet - Temple Grandin

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There is presently no magic pill to treat Asperger's syndrome. In certain cases, where the child portrays hyperactivity, depression or anxiety, stimulants may be prescribed by mental health professionals.

The corner stone of treatment for children suffering Aspergers syndrome should ideally focus on the specialty and uniqueness of each child. Any treatment for children suffering from the condition is dependant on the environment, challenges and temperament of each child. In effect, the treatment will be successful only if it is custom made to the needs of the child.

Treatment for Aspergers syndrome is multifaceted involving the contribution of therapists to impart social skills training, teachers to improve the interaction of victims in classrooms and parents to engage in activities at home to uplift the children.

a) Social Skills Training

This forms an important facet of treatment for Aspergers syndrome victims. It is aimed at helping the child learn to communicate in a socially acceptable manner. Training the child to pick up the nuances of body language, value the importance of personal space and engage in proper eye contact helps the child comprehend non verbal cues. Therapy is given till the victim unlearns the traits intrinsic to the disorder.

b) Modifying School Environment

The school environment must be tailored to the needs of the special children. Teachers can help a great deal with the use of behavioral techniques to assist the child. Protecting the child against teasing by other children and conscious positive reinforcement is of utmost importance to help the child develop normal behavior notwithstanding the disorder.

c) Role of Parents

The role of parents in providing them security, unflinching support, love and nurturing cannot be overemphasized in allaying the stresses for Aspergers afflicted children. The author Brenda Boyd, in her book, 'Parenting a Child With Asperger Syndrome', underlines the importance of 'accepting the child' but 'challenging the behavior' as a way to effective intervention.

Parents need to devote extra time to help the child learn the art of communication. Play based activities, modeling correct forms of speech and expression, reducing their anxiety and tension by providing comfort and security at home, is perhaps the only way to help the child cope with the disorder.

Reference:

  1. 'Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome'- by Brenda Boyd

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Kane157

Hi, is there such a thing of being "borderline" Aspergers? I do have a lot of the traits and symptoms of a person with Aspergers, but except for a few and one major one, and that is the fact that I am over emotional. To the point where I can't control them. But everything else seems to fit into my personality and my confusion to everyday situations. Cretin things that I touch hear and drive me out of my mind. I snap uncontrollably at people when cretin things are said to me, like trigger words. I sometimes go into uncontrollable rages if the wrong thing is said, I end up moving objects across the room that take four people to move. But yet I would never touch the person who triggered me, I end up feeling a large amount of my anger is more frustration. Frustration that I don't understand and why don't they understand. I have never passed a test over shear anxiety, and always seem to be at my worst in these situations. I find bliss in the repetitive. And am not quite social, the few friends I have say I'm weird, or the didn't like me when they met me. But seem to love me as I am quite honest and caring. I feel like I am odd and there is something wrong with me, and after watching the film Adam. I feel like that's me. I recently did a test online, and I know they are mostly incorrect. My score inferred that I was on the border, it came down to 2 and I'de be a candidate for Aspergers. So am I being silly or is it possible?

cllaire

Is there such a thing a 'borderline aspergers syndrome'? If so what are the symptoms of this, and could it be passed on? I ask this as my husband has aspergers and he and I have baby boy. So I would like to know if our son, could have it?

shaney

I have family on the spectrum. I would love to chat with you as I am trying to contact adults with AS to talk to.

Dilip47

Hi Prema,
Your question is answered below;
Chris and Gisela are consultants on Asperger Syndrome [AS] to the new Fox Searchlight Pictures film "My Name is Khan".
Shibani Bathija, who wrote the screenplay for the film, along with director Karan Johar, used their book, as well as interviews with us, as the basis for the film's central character, Rizwan Khan.
Rizwan is played by the acclaimed Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, and the leading lady is Kajol.
While on subject, I would like to add that we have been happily living with our AS son for the last 29 years. We would like to form/join a support group in India for persons with AS.

Nietnaam

Is there a AS family/spouse support group in India. My husband was always special and was formally diagnosed with AS when he was 35yrs. I do not have AS but need support and trained counselor from time to time. Any resource?

prema

Is My name is Khan of Shah Rukh Khan on Aspergers syndrome?

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