Ways and Means

Is there any treatment?

The ideal treatment for AS coordinates therapies that address the three core symptoms of the disorder:  poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness.  There is no single best treatment package for all children with AS, but most professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better. 

An effective treatment program builds on the child’s interests, offers a predictable schedule, teaches tasks as a series of simple steps, actively engages the child’s attention in highly structured activities, and provides regular reinforcement of behavior.  It may include social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication for co-existing conditions, and other measures.

 The information above was taken from the following Web site: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/asperger.htm

In addition to the rather vague information above, many parents swear that addressing nutritional issues surrounding digestive complications is the key to success. From the following Web site:  http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/aspergers-syndrome-asperger-disorder.html

Evidence has shown that there may be certain ‘triggers’ which precipitate the condition, including environmental factors like pollution, food intolerances (particularly to foods containing wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy products), digestive problems, and even childhood vaccinations (particularly the MMRI).

There are also suggestions that Asperger’s Syndrome may sometimes be linked to high levels of Candida in the stomach.

 

On a personal note:

You would be hard pressed to recognize Tim as having Asperger’s. That’s because he was identified at three years old, and we worked and worked with him. Homeschooling for a couple of years really saved him for internalizing that he was ill behaved, and the extra nurturing didn’t hurt. I was always in his face – that seemed to get his attention and force him to study my facial features. I also taught him several coping techniques. When you start them young they believe what you say. my son believed me when I taught him that everybody starts out as a beginner and makes mistakes. He believed me when I told him that sucking pepermints calmed his nerves. He believed me when I said smelling homegrown roses started his creative juices flowing.  He had a quiet space he could retreat to at any time.

 Another (smoother) definition:

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that is classified as one of the pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Often it may be incorrectly called Asperger’s disease; however, it is actually a condition characterized by significant impairment in social interaction as well as the development of repetitive and restricted fields of interest, activities, and interests.