Asperger's Awareness

Treatments

What needs treated?

People with Asperger's may have difficulties interacting with others and may also become overstimulated because of the trouble communicating. Depression and anxiety are also common symptoms linked with people who are labeled with this diagnosis.

Therepeutic Treatment

There are many different types of therapies used to prevent inappropriate behavior and improve social skills. Useful behavioral therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, and Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA). Useful social skills therapies include Social Skills Training, Speech Language Therapy, and ABA.

ABA Therepeutic Treatment

Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA), is an example of a useful treatment. ABA is a method that can use both operant and classical conditioning along with Social Learning Theory. Social Learning Theory is a concept that other people learn from each other by observation, imitation, and modeling. An example of ABA could be a reward is given for every time an acceptable behavior is shown, and in result the acceptable behavior becomes the normal behavior.

Medicinal Treatment

Because Asperger's can be different among individuals, the medications used to prescribe vary. There is no specific set of medication to use because there is so many different symptoms someone might have that need to be treated.

Medications may include:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Beta Blockers

Propranolol, for example, is a beta blocker, which is a drug that blocks norepinephrine and epinephrine(adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors, which are located on nerves. In Asperger's, the drug is used to relieve stress and improve their social skills(for example, eye contact)