Aspergers Syndrome Essay

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Abstract Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is considered to be in the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum. It is a neurobiological disorder with a strong heredity factor. It is defined by impairments in social communication, interaction and repetitive interests. It is being diagnosed much more often. Four boys for every girl is diagnosed with AS. This could be attributed to girls being able to mask their differences in social settings. Children with AS generally do not have delays in cognition or general language development. Diagnosing a child early in life and setting up an intervention plan seems to be the key with children suffering from AS. There are several different behaviors a child could display, so there is not a “typical” treatment plan for AS. Some treatment methods are applied behavior analysis, social stories, scripts, and self-talk. Therapy must not only focus on organization and attending skills. Emphasis must be put on relationship building, communication and dealing with feelings of anger and frustration, which often times reduces the child to inappropriate outbursts. It is often effective to train the parents, teacher, or a peer to be a “significant rater”. This person will help the child to learn what are and are not appropriate behaviors in different settings. They need constant positive reinforcement and feedback and expectations must remain reasonable. They need to be taught how to look for cues to help them react appropriately to different types of situations. Asperger’s Syndrome Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is considered to be in the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum. It is a neurobiological disorder with a strong heredity factor. It is defined by impairments in social communication, interaction, and repetitive interests. What differentiates it from other typical autism is the absence of significant learning difficulty and with an IQ of 70 or higher.

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