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Asperger’s Syndrome. Lora Anderson. What is Asperger’s Syndrome?. A neurological disorder It is on the “high end” of the Autism spectrum. Characteristics. Symptoms range from mild to severe Severe and sustained impairment in social interactions

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what is asperger s syndrome
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • A neurological disorder
  • It is on the “high end” of the Autism spectrum
characteristics
Characteristics
  • Symptoms range from mild to severe
  • Severe and sustained impairment in social interactions
  • Development of restrictive and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities
  • Difficulty with transitions and changes
more characteristics
Difficulty reading body language

Normal IQ (>70)

Rich vocabulary

Very literal

Overly sensitive to:

smells

sights

sounds

tastes

More Characteristics
asperger s syndrome is not autism
Asperger’s Syndrome is NOT Autism!
  • No significant delays in language
  • No delays in cognitive development
  • Can develop age-appropriate self-help skills
prevalence
Prevalence
  • Limited information available, possibly 20 per 10,000 live births
  • 3-4 times more likely in males
  • 5 times more common than Down Syndrome
  • 3 times more common than Juvenile Diabetes
diagnosis
Diagnosis
  • Usually diagnosed between ages 5-9
  • Appears to run in families
  • Lifelong disorder
commonly misdiagnosed
Commonly misdiagnosed
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
common treatments
Common Treatments
  • St. John’s Wort Tea
  • Haldol
  • Ritalin
  • Vitamins
common therapies
Common Therapies
  • Anti-yeast therapy
  • Auditory training
  • Lovaas Method (behavior modification)
  • TEACCH (behavior management system)
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
what kind of environment should i provide
What kind of environment should I provide?
  • Must be predictable and safe
  • Minimal transitions
  • Remove student from stressful situations if necessary
  • Provide personal space for relaxation or sensory integration exercises
how can i help this student with his behavior
Use timer or other visual cues

Give student choices (not too many: 2-3)

Provide immediate, concrete reinforcement

Do not discipline because of behaviors related to Asperger’s

How can I help this student with his behavior?
always remember
Always remember:
  • Be positive
  • Be creative
  • Be flexible
resources
Resources
  • www.asperger.org
  • www.aspergers.com
  • www.aspennj.org
  • www.udel.edu