Asperger Syndrome Therapies
Any treatment for AS will coordinate Asperger syndrome therapies that confront three main symptoms of this disorder: obsessive and/or repetitive routines, communication skills, and physical clumsiness. While there is no “cure” for A.S. it is agreed by most health professionals that the earlier treatment begins, the better results will be with children.
To build an effective A.S. treatment you must build on the child’s interests to integrate into the many Asperger syndrome therapies. It will offer a repetitive schedule, show how to accomplish tasks in a series of steps, and keep the child’s mind engaged in structured activities, and reinforce proper behavior. To begin to build this type of Asperger syndrome therapies program usually entails: training in social skills to enable better interaction, behavior therapy or talk therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy.
Remember that each child is a unique individual and their Asperger syndrome therapies should cater to the specific needs. Some general guidelines for Social Skills Therapy might be: This therapy is used to help the A.S. person learn to develop attachments or bonds with others. Because a person or child with Asperger syndrome does not read facial or body language of others they have to be taught these skills in order to interact with others. This therapy would include play therapy, stories and modeling. As with other Asperger syndrome therapies, this therapy can have a very positive affect for the A.S. child.
Behavior therapy is used as one of the Asperger syndrome therapies to improve the management of their anxiety, combative behavior, stress issues and to get a handle on any possible obsessive interests and repetitiveness. In the more explosive or anxious A.S. children a type of “talk” behavior therapy is one of the Asperger syndrome therapies that helps to manage emotions better and helps reduce the obsessive interests and repetitive routines some seem to acquire.
Physical therapy is used as one of the Asperger syndrome therapies as some of the children have poor motor skills and/or sensory problems. Speech therapy is also used as one of the therapies to help A.S. children who may have articulation problems. Some speech impediments may also be from a problem with their motor coordination skills with sounds. When a child works with an appropriate health official for Asperger syndrome therapies, particularly in speech the results oftentimes help decrease any of the child’s anxiety due to speaking and sounding words poorly.
Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding are both Asperger syndrome therapies that might be used as a part of therapy package under your doctor’s care. This type therapy uses the horse’s gait for its therapeutic benefit. A.S. patients will ride the horses positioned in different poses. Specially trained therapists are available to take the A.S. patient through this type of therapy.
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