Hi, I’m Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. In today’s issue we will discuss…
Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome Treatment
What are the most effective therapies?
Many moms have asked us “What are the most effective ways to treat my loved one who has autism or Asperger’s syndrome?”
Basically, Asperger’s is treated by training a person with Asperger’s 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.
12 Categories of Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome Treatment
The following are 12 categories of treatments for Asperger’s 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 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
- Social Issues Therapy – are addressed by Social Problem Solving Social Stories, and Social Skills Training which teach children social skills through lessons and role play.
- Family Therapy – 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 – helps the patient with verbal communication skills.
- Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) – is a treatment that allows children to communicate with pictures.
- Speech Therapy – can help Asperger’s people with odd speech.
- Dietary Modifications – may be tried to eliminate the possibility that the person is responding to a food allergy or nutrient imbalance.
- Supplements – can be tried as recent research has found a possible link to supplements and behavior improvements.
- Medications – Serious negative behaviors are sometimes managed by medications such as Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Antipsychotics and Stimulants.
Our new and excellent source of detailed descriptions, strategies, recommendations and evaluation of these therapies is in Craig Kendall’s book, New Hope for Autism – 15 Successful Strategies Moms Don’t Know.