Asperger Syndrome in Adults
My interest in Asperger Syndrome (AS) stems from personal and professional experiences working with this population. I came to appreciate the amazing skills possessed by those with AS, and use their positive traits as building blocks in therapy. Each person is a unique individual that shares various aspects of AS traits.
Asperger Syndrome also known as High Functioning Autism is a neurobiological, developmental disorder. In other words, the person with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is born with a uniquely structured brain.
Let’s begin with the positive aspects:
- Ability to focus on details
- Capacity to persevere in specific interests, in spite of others’ opinions
- Ability to work independently
- Recognition of patterns others may not see
- Original way of thinking
The following are domains that may present difficulty:
- Social Interaction- being understood by others and understanding others
- Social Imagination- understanding how others feel as they converse and interact with them
- Sensory Issues- hypersensitivity to one or more of their senses- sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multisensory Tools, Organizational Skills, Social Skills. Our Emotional Support Bunny is available for those who are interested.
Frequently, AS is accompanied by other conditions such as: Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, and Depression. The therapeutic framework is expanded for the co-occurring conditions.