At The Psych Professionals we offer treatment for people of any age who have Asperger’s syndrome. Our psychologists have postgraduate qualifications as well as the necessary training and experience to be able to help those with Asperger’s.
What is Asperger’s?
Asperger’s is a developmental disorder and part of the autism spectrum. It is characterised by extremely poor social skills and a lack of awareness of other people’s emotions. However, a person with Asperger’s may have advanced language skills and be able to discuss their favourite subjects at great length.
Signs of Asperger’s in Children
Asperger’s syndrome is usually identified in childhood and remains for the rest of the person’s life, to varying degrees.
Children with Asperger’s syndrome act a bit like ‘little professors’: they can sound like experts in a narrow range of topics, but at the same time miss obvious social cues.
If you believe your child may have Asperger’s, look out for the following signs:
- trouble maintaining social interaction
- only interacting with people to talk about their interests
- social awkwardness—avoiding eye contact or taking things literally
- preferring to interact with adults
- not showing emotions
- a lack of empathy
- giving everything verbal labels
- speaking in a disinterested tone of voice
- answering questions but not asking questions
- obsessing about certain topics (like a ‘little professor’)
- a fondness for routine and rules
- reacting badly to change.
Signs of Asperger’s in Adults
Asperger’s isn’t always detected and diagnosed in childhood. By the time those with Asperger’s reach adulthood, it may be more difficult to distinguish Asperger’s behaviour from their personality, and they may find it more difficult to break long-standing patterns. Everyone with Asperger’s manifests different signs and symptoms, with varying intensity, but common signs of Asperger’s in adults include:
- inability to empathise with others
- not recognising someone else’s point of view
- lack of interest in casual conversations and ‘small talk’
- lack of language skills to problem-solve, reason, predict and infer
- anxiety—if a set routine or schedule isn’t followed
- difficulty with their own emotions, such as anger, depression, anxiety
- narrow and specific areas of interest.
Treatment for Asperger’s
Unfortunately there is no known cure for Asperger’s; however, a person’s ability to function normally and have positive social interactions—their quality of life—can be improved by regular therapy.
Therapy helps Asperger’s sufferers develop skills and strategies to cope with daily life. It can also involve teaching them how to act in certain social situations and why people react to them the way they do.
Contact us — The Psych Professionals
Contact The Psych Professionals to discuss Asperger’s syndrome and how therapy can help. We’d be more than happy to arrange a suitable appointment time.