Asperger’s Syndrome is among the group of developmental disorders commonly known as autistic spectrum disorders. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome are socially awkward (typically because of pragmatic language deficits) and become intensely preoccupied with certain areas of interest or topics. Boys are much more likely to develop Asperger’s than girls.
What are some signs that my child may have Asperger’s?
- Engages in one-sided, long-winded conversations
- Displays unusual nonverbal communication, such as poor eye contact
- Shows an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects
- Appears not to understand, empathize with, or be sensitive to others’ feelings
- Has a hard time reading other people or understanding humor
- Speaks in a voice that is monotonous, rigid, or unusually fast
- Moves clumsily, with poor coordination
What should I do if I suspect my child may have Asperger’s?
- Schedule an evaluation with Tashawna K. Duncan, Ph.D., P.A.
- Consult with your pediatrician
- Gather information from your child’s school regarding his behaviors and performance
What does an evaluation at Tashawna K. Duncan, Ph.D., P.A. generally involve?
- Social skills evaluation
- Assessment of language skills
- Test of Cognitive Ability
- Behavioral assessment
- Adaptive behavior assessment
- Clinical observation
- Other procedures as determined appropriate
How is Asperger’s treated?
- Communication and social skills training
- Psychotherapy/Counseling with Tashawna K. Duncan, Ph.D., P.A.
- Educational interventions