Autism spectrum disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism is thought to stem from very early brain development. Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is considered to be on the higher functioning end of those affected with autism. Those affected by Asperger syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and can have limited interests as well as repetitive behaviors. At times, normal motor development may be delayed, causing clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements.
Those with Asperger syndrome often do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. These signs and symptoms are common with Asperger syndrome, but not often present in one individual and will vary in degree:
- Limited social interactions
- Robotic or repetitive speech
- Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures)
- Lack of eye contact
- Obsession with specific topics
- Awkward movements or mannerisms
Research is coming to light that shows autism is caused by not just one factor, but a multitude of factors from genes to early oxygen deprivation in the brain and a host of other possible factors. It is important to note that autism is a wide range of symptoms and every person affected with autism is unique.
- Social interaction difficulties
- Communication challenges
- Tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors
- Language disabilities
- Self Injury
- Sleep deficits
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Immune dysfunction
- Sensory processing problems
How Therapy Solutions Helps
As every person with autism is unique, they need to be treated as such. Our speech therapists understand that autism is a disorder that affects the whole family. By evaluating your family dynamics, we can learn the main areas to focus on, to improve the abilities of one with Autism/Aspergers. In addition, we can then train on effective strategies to use in the home.
Our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND therapists work closely with you to identify limitations and make appropriate treatments to improve those. Request your appointment with Therapy Solutions today.