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Volume 11

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Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the question ...

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.

  1. Occupational therapy may help with writing and drawing.

  2. Physical therapy to help them with physical issues like clumsiness, balance and stiffness.

  3. Behavior Modification therapies can include but are not limited to...

  • Positive Behavior Support

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Preventative Classroom Management

  • Pro-social Behavior

  • Moral Education

  • Play Therapy

  • Assertive Discipline

  • Reality Therapy

  • Aggression Replacement Training

  1. Social issues are addressed by Social Problem Solving Social Stories, and Social Skills Training which teach children social skills through lessons and role play.

  2. Family Therapy is recommended to assist the formation of good family relationships and interactions.

  3. Sensory Integration Therapy can be helpful for children with bothersome sensitivities.

  4. Effective Communication Models or Communication Therapy help the patient with verbal communication skills.

  5. Picture Exchange Communication Systems is a treatment that allows children to communicate with pictures.

  6. Speech Therapy can help Aspergers people with odd speech.

  7. Dietary Modifications may be tried to eliminate the possibility that the person is responding to a food allergy or nutrient imbalance.

  8. Supplements can be tried as recent research has found a possible link to supplements and behavior improvements.

  9. Serious negative behaviors are sometimes managed by medications such as Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Antipsychotics and Stimulants.

 

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
 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety, depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/teen_book.htm

 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses how to make and keep friends, building relationships, employment, depression and the meaning of life, therapy options and much more. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/adult_book.htm

Some of the many questions we will be covering in future issues include ...

  • How can I help my loved one who has overly sensitive hearing?

  • 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 explicit?

  • 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 behaviors?

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For immediate 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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