No single treatment exists for Aspergers syndrome. No one medication will “cure” a child with Aspergers. There are a wide range of problems associated with Aspergers Syndrome and there are several approaches to treatment that can help with those problems. Here are some of the types of commonly used treatments for Aspergers syndrome.
Social Skills Training
It is difficult for Children with Aspergers syndrome to understand facial expressions, and tone of voice. Their tendency is to take everything people say to them very literally. They can not understand when a person is joking with them, for example. Social skills training can be used to teach Children to recognize the meaning of changes in peoples voice, and of different facial expressions. They can also be taught to use better eye contact. Training of this type can help the child to make friends more easily. They learn how to act around other people. Often, children with Aspergers just do not understand how to act around other children, although the really want to have friends. Social skills training can help them learn how to act is social situations such as when they are out shopping, or at a restaurant.
Cognitive behavior Therapy
Children with Aspergers need to learn how to spot situations that may cause them trouble and how to cope with those situations. Cognitive behavior therapy helps them to find ways to cope. They learn about ways that can help them to reduce anxiety, a common proble for Aspergers children. They find social settings to be difficult, sometimes leading to anxiety attacks, or even complete meltdowns. Cognitive behavior therapy teaches them things they can do to stop the meltdowns from occurring when they feel an unwanted behavior coming on. They learn how to remove them selves from situations that makes them uneasy.
There is no single medication for treating Aspergers. There are medications to help control some of the symptoms of Aspergers, however. Anxiety and depressions are common problems for children with Aspergers and there are medications that can help relieve these problems. By relieving the anxiety, the child can feel more comfortable in social settings. There are side effects to medications such as these, however, and the child’s behavior should be monitored while they are on the medication. Another common problem for children with Aspergers is for them to have a hard time sleeping. Medications are available to help the children sleep.
Training for the parents of children with Aspergers is also important. Parents can be taught ways they can deal with their child’s behaviors. They can learn what to do to help calm their child when they are having an anxiety attact or a meltdown. For example, parents may be taught how to use reward systems to help control behavior problems. They can learn how to deal with the child’s behaviors in the home, which can help them to deal with the child’s behaviors in other places, too.
These types of training and treatments can help make the life of an Aspergers child easier. When no treatment is used, children with Aspergers may have trouble with anxiety and depression. They often have such a hard time dealing with people socially. They may later turn to alcohol or drugs to try to cope with their problems. Finding a treatment plan that works is a very high priority for the child with Aspergers Syndrome.