By: Kaley Farmer
What is Asperger's syndrome?
There is no known treatment for people with Asperger's syndrome. Most people with Asperger's go to therapy, it reduces bad behaviors and helps them generate functional abilities; for example, the daily basics, showering, eating, and getting ready for the day by themselves.
There are many types of therapies they could go to for example:
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT)
Verbal Behavior Therapy
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication (TEACCH)
Social Communication/ Emotional Regulation/ Transactional Support (SCERTS)
Characteristics of a person with Asperger's
Body system affected by Asperger's
There is no particular body system that Asperger’s affects. It is very common that people with Asperger’s are not very coordinated, their motor skills* are not average, and they could be clumsy. Everyone who has Asperger’s is different. The brain thinks differently than the average brain, usually people with Asperger’s think in pictures.
* Motor skills are:
- Difficulty with handwriting or writing letters
- Cannot copy correctly from the board
- Loses place when reading, frequently
- Skips math problems on a page
- Bumps into others
- May have poor posture, seated or standing
- Difficulty organizing a desk or binder
Signs and Symptoms
Their body language is unusual
They have focus on one subject and knows everything about it
They have a hard time making friends
They are usually socially awkward
Tend to be egocentric or self-absorbed
They do not understand sarcasm or humor
Eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures are hard for them to do
Routine changes are hard for them to take in
Repetitive body movements (i.e. rocking back and forth, fingers tapping)
Lack of interactive play
Lack of interest in peers
This syndrome is something you will have your whole life and it is not life threatening. When you have Asperger's it is difficult to be in a relationship and have social interaction, but, most people who have this get mainstream jobs when they are adults and are successful with it.
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