Hi, I'm Craig
Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival
Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the
What are the most
effective ways to treat Aspergers?
Basically, Aspergers is treated by
training a person with Aspergers how the world outside of their mind works. Because
they have trouble recognizing that other people are having different
thoughts than them, they have to be taught this.
Once they have learned that, they can
be trained to respond to other people in a way that will help them get
what they need. Then they will be taught about relationships and the
give and take of conversations and friendships.
Because there are many social rules
that human beings abide by, years of this type of learning is needed.
They will learn to recognize social cues, body language, emotions,
figures of speech, and what their own body is telling them. Physical
interventions will help them get over clumsiness. Speech problems can be
addressed. There are a great many current treatments that are used by
various therapists -- some more common than others.
The following are 12 categories of
treatments for Aspergerís Syndrome. In later newsletters we will
explore some of these in more depth.
Occupational therapy may help with writing and drawing.
Physical therapy to help them with physical issues like
clumsiness, balance and stiffness.
Behavior Modification therapies can include but are not
Positive Behavior Support
Applied Behavior Analysis
Preventative Classroom Management
Aggression Replacement Training
Social issues are addressed by Social Problem Solving
Social Stories, and Social Skills Training which teach children
social skills through lessons and role play.
Family Therapy is recommended to assist the formation
of good family relationships and interactions.
Sensory Integration Therapy can be helpful for children
with bothersome sensitivities.
Effective Communication Models or Communication Therapy
help the patient with verbal communication skills.
Picture Exchange Communication Systems is a treatment
that allows children to communicate with pictures.
Speech Therapy can help Aspergers people with odd speech.
Dietary Modifications may be tried to eliminate the
possibility that the person is responding to a food allergy or
Supplements can be tried as recent research has found a
possible link to supplements and behavior improvements.
Serious negative behaviors are sometimes managed by
medications such as Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Antipsychotics
In later newsletters we will explore
some of these in more depth.
These are just a few of the answers you will need to
successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for
additional answers immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org
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Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses
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Some of the many questions we will be covering in future
issues include ...
How can I help my loved one who has overly sensitive
What treatments help with sensitivity to touch or
having problems with the feeling of clothing?
How can I help my loved one understanding jokes, kidding,
hidden messages, anything that is not extremely literal and
My Aspergers loved one has terrible social skills. What
should I do?
My AS teenager is depressed because he is not making
friends. What treatments can help?
Should I try to stop my Aspergers kidís obsessive
information on Asperger's Syndrome go to the web site www.AspergersSociety.org.
There you will be able to sign up for the free Aspergers newsletter as
well as get additional information on the best selling book, The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide.
Craig Kendall is the father of an
Asperger's child and the author of "The Asperger's Syndrome
Survival Guide". You can find more information about living with
Asperger's Syndrome by contacting him on this site: AspergersSociety.org
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