Asperger syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder that is part of a group of conditions called autism spectrum disorders. The term "autism spectrum" refers to a range of developmental disabilities that includes autism as well as other disorders with similar characteristics.

The features of Asperger’s disorder are severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and the development of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activity.

Children will have difficulty functioning independently in social situations, will have difficulty playing with others and may have unique interests and play activities. In contrast to autistic disorder, there are no clinically significant delays in language. In addition there are no clinically significant delays in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

Evaluation

Your child may have an evaluation with a speech language pathologist or occupational therapist depending on the reason you are coming to therapy. The therapist will talk with you about your child’s medical history and what difficulties they are having in a typical day. The therapist may use formal tests as well as caregiver questionnaires. They will observe and interact with your child to complete a social skills assessment.

Treatment

The Speech language pathologist will use language treatment strategies to help with processing of information as well as specific training in social skills including individual speech therapy and/or social skills group participation. The Occupational therapist can help with sensory integraton issues, possible feeding issues (speech or OT) and self-help /care, play, fine motor skills and social skills.

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