Asperger’s Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder, considered to be on the high functioning end of the spectrum. Asperger’s was in the previous version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, but has been removed in the current version. You can read below about the differences in the diagnostic criteria.

The characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome are as follows:

  • limited or inappropriate social interactions
  • "robotic" or repetitive speech
  • challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures, facial expression, etc.) coupled with average to above average verbal skills
  • tendency to discuss self rather than others
    inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases
  • lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation
    • obsession with specific, often unusual, topics
  • one-sided conversations
  • awkward movements and/or mannerisms

David’s approach to working with Asperger’s Syndrome is multi-faceted. By providing opportunities to increase social skills, build empathy, connect with others, emotional self regulation, coping and flexible thinking skills. David may use art or play therapy to teach these skills. David will additionally offer parenting support , as needed, to appropriately deal with meltdowns, rigid thinking and social misunderstandings. Children with Asperger’s may also experience Anxiety, Depression or even OCD. David will use appropriate therapies for co-existing conditions.

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