Long Island Child Psychologist – ASPERGER’S THERAPY
Most people confuse the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome with other conditions that fall under the umbrella of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While Asperger’s does fall within the same diagnostic category as ASD, there are some glaring similarities. It is often termed as a form of high-functioning autism, and it impacts the person’s behavioral and communication skills.
Getting an early diagnosis is crucial to find the right treatment, and help your loved ones cope with the challenges that this condition accompanies. Understanding Asperger’s is crucial for caregivers and family members, and finding the right therapy to help the patient is much more paramount.
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
A high-functioning autism that falls within the autism spectrum disorder, but the symptoms and intensity varies from patient to patient. Most children have issues developing behavioral skills and regulating social interactions. However, people with this condition have exceptional verbal skills and intellectual abilities – an aspect that makes them different from people diagnosed with other forms of autism.
People with Asperger’s typically struggle to make eye contact, communicate with people, express their feelings, or recognize the feelings and emotions of others. They have very standardized and specific routines and don’t like any disruptions. They tend to abnormally fixate on their favorite activities and things, with very low reactions to sensory stimulation.
Why is Therapy Important?
At the Long Island Child Psychologist, we stress the need for therapy to help children learn how to interact, socialize and communicate. There are numerous therapies that can help children develop positive and healthy behavioral patterns.
For instance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular therapeutic intervention to help children with Asperger’s develop powerful communication and social skills. CBT helps them regulate their impulses, reactions and emotions, especially when people diagnosed with Asperger’s show signs of anxiety, stress or depression.
Children with Asperger’s often struggle with sensory control, which is why we recommend sensory integration/occupational therapy to help them develop motor skills. This form of therapy uses sensory stimulation to help children take control of their senses and lead more rewarding lies with enhanced mobility.
Therapy is important as it can work wonders at improving the life quality of the child, and empowering the child with abilities to adopt and regulate healthy behaviors. Social skills training is also highly recommended for children with Asperger’s, especially those who struggle to express their emotions and thoughts.