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Asperger’s Disorder in Children

Asperger’s syndrome is on the spectrum of Autism Disorder (ASD) and refers to some children with a high level of intellectual ability and function. Parents who believe their child to have Asperger’s could be seen in through an obsessional interest in a subject, such as bus timetables but little or no interest in other subjects of interest. Another sign may be of poor social skills and interactions, showing no interest in talking, playing or interacting with other’s despite their high language, however this may not be the case with some. Also, a lack of common sense or learning difficulties such as a delay in learning to speak is also a sign of Asperger’s. As well as, clumsiness and poor coordination skills.

The causes of Aspergers in children are still unknown and at this time of research theories lye towards the genes of the individual.

Treating Aspergers syndrome in children can lead to a verity of ways. These treatment needs should be met through should be supported by a psychologist, as well as the child’s family and friends. Some of the various treatments include:

Special education settings, this includes a number of different interventions that aim at supporting the needs and wants of the child specialising in the field.

Social skill development, this may include an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist to work one on one with the child to help them learn communication skills

Behaviour therapy, In this case families may decide to see a psychologist to help with behavioural difficulties of the child. With behavioural therapy it will not only be efficient for the child but for the family as well to have a better understanding of the nature of the disorder.

Speech Therapy, speech pathology is a great benefit for children with aspergers as it helps the children connect with others through conversation, as this form of treatment aims to improve the child’s social and language skills

Medication- for some instances, medication can be used in situations where the child is depressed. Violent or aggressive.

Environmental changes, In this situation, occupational therapists may be able to provide assistance through picture cards (for example a picture of a bed, so the child can point to it if they are unable to talk) as well as other aids of assistance to help with the child’s home environment.

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