Asperger’s Syndrome

Not an Illness or Disease

Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder see the world differently from their neuro-typical counterparts (those who do not have a diagnosis or are not symptomatic of Asperger’s).  Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder is not an illness or a disease and cannot be cured.   Some people with Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder may also experience other mental health problems and have issues with other co-morbid conditions.

Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder are generally of average and above average intelligence.  They differ from individuals with Autism in that they do not tend to have the learning difficulties that many Autistic people have.  They may have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

What we can do to help you

Treatment

There are a wide variety of treatments for individuals who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder which can help them to learn better social skills and communication skills, help them to interact socially more naturally.  What is fact is that there is no ‘cure’.

We help the individual to cope with the symptoms and explore the 3 core symptoms of the disorder

  • Communication Skills
  • Obsessive and repetitive routines
  • Physical restrictions

We also provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for co-existing conditions so commonly associated to Asperger’s, including Parent and family education, behavioural modification techniques and social skills training.

Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder Diagnosis

Like other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD’s) this disorder involves delays and deviant patterns of behaviour in multiple areas of functioning.

A comprehensive assessment will take place and generally involves the history, psychological assessment and a communication assessment.

Such an assessment can take several sessions and will involve parent/partner and family discussions.