Asperger’s Syndrome and Treatment Options

Asperger’s syndrome is characterized as the distinct autism spectrum disorder. People suffering from this syndrome usually have normal to above-average intelligence. However, they usually face difficulties in terms of social interactions. They often have absorbing pervasive interests in some special topics.
The degree of symptoms’ severity varies among different affected individuals. There are some abnormalities in the use and interpretation of language, although language development remains normal.
Asperger’s syndrome is the group of neurodevelopment disorders affecting an individual’s behavior, communication and language use along with social interaction patterns. Following are some of the commonly associate behaviors with Asperger’s syndrome:

  • Repetitive and robotic speech
  • Inappropriate and limited social interactions
  • Difficulty with non-verbal communication
  • Inability to understand non-literal phrases along with emotional/social issues
  • Obsession with unusual, specific topics
  • Awkward mannerism or movement
  • Lack of eye contact or even reciprocal conversation


Treatment Options for Asperger’s Syndrome

There is no best and single treatment for Asperger’s syndrome. In most cases, cognitive behavioral therapy seems to be most helpful in controlling emotions, repetitive behavior and obsession along with learning social skills.
There are some educational, groups and social programs that help patients’ of Asperger’s syndrome to learn adaptive and social activities through highly structured activities. In addition to different behavioral interventions, patients’ affected by this syndrome are also helped by medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), stimulants and antipsychotics to treat associated issues like depression, anxiety, and ADHD and hyperactivity.
The patient’s physician may also recommend different therapies to cope with Asperger’s syndrome. So the treatment options include medication, therapy, alternative approaches, and others. Some of the commonly performed therapies include;

  • Medication therapy
  • Occupational therapy/sensory integration
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Speech-language and social skills training therapy
  • Anger management and others.

Nonetheless, just like any other autism spectrum disorder, the sooner a patient starts with the treatment, the easier it becomes to manage Asperger’s.

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