The diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome is often indistinguishable, using current standards, from high-functioning autism. Despite this, techniques tailored to individual cases appear show the most promise. Recent studies are too small in scale and subjective in measurements to be conclusive, but breakthroughs in the mechanism of Asperger's Syndrome appear to be on the horizon. This paper summarizes best practices and examines the current understanding of Asperger's Syndrome, concluding that it is possible to reach people with Asperger's if consistent and compelling personal approaches are employed. In so doing, the experience of parenting is examined in order to show the dilemmas engendered by the current gaps in both knowledge and awareness.
[...] Recommendations With this hypothesis in mind, a model treatment plan would reinforce behavior by training social skills (preferably in a group setting because manufacturing interaction would further muddy the inexpert interpretation and understanding of body language), cognitive behavior therapy, or something dialectical (because an awareness of behavior and a focus on actions can sometimes break the cycle of emotions by allowing the emotions to not interact with the behavior and thereby be less triggering) and some sort of sensory integration or motor skill therapy. [...]
[...] Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Retrieved September from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001027236 Bullard, H. R. (2004). Ensure the Successful Inclusion of a Child with Asperger Syndrome in the General Education Classroom. Intervention in School & Clinic, 176+. Retrieved September from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5007943934 Diehl, J. J., Bennetto, L., & Young, E. C. (2006). Story Recall and Narrative Coherence of High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 87+. Retrieved September from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5019164991 Elder, L. M., Caterino, L. C., Chao, J., Shacknai, D., & De Simone, G. (2006). [...]
[...] Due to certain societal and social constructions that seem to guide public understanding of Asperger's and even autism, many parents blame themselves for the condition. If the idea that vaccines and inoculations (like the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shot) cause Asperger's is not true, the prevalence of the idea may stem from that guilt and blame. Potential long-term problems include: activities of daily living, structure and executive function, disturbances in attempts at long-term relationships and friendships, and a much greater likelihood of repeating behavioral patterns of youth, up to and including being unable to hold a job or living with parents. [...]
[...] The Efficacy of Social Skills Treatment for Children with Asperger Syndrome. Education & Treatment of Children, 635+. Retrieved September from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5018243353 Evans, D. W., Elliott, J. M., & Packard, M. G. (2001). Visual Organization and Perceptual Closure Are Related to Compulsive-Like Behavior in Typically Developing Children. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 47(3) Retrieved September from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5000094656 Groft, M., & Block, M. E. (2003). Children with Asperger Syndrome: Implications for General Physical Education and Youth Sports. JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 38+. [...]
[...] With sensory integration input misfiring, especially in constructing linear narratives (Diehl, Bennetto & Young, 2006) , basic living skills can be scrambled and the need for routine and feeling out of place in the non-Asperger's world can place limitations on every aspect of life. Conclusion With all of this in mind, Asperger's Syndrome is a future success of psychiatric, genetic and neurobiological health. There is plenty of room for hope. Breakthroughs on understanding its mechanisms are likely. Some report that one in five children with Asperger's reach a point where they don't fully qualify if tested as adults. [...]
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