Treatments of Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome

Treating Asperger's Syndrome

Treatments for Asperger's are primarily aimed at teaching social and communication skills.

Social skills training focuses on the tools necessary to interact successfully with other children. Speech therapy may help children improve conversational ability and understand the normal pattern of give and take. Cognitive behavior therapy is often used to help children manage their emotions and to curb obsessive interests and repetitive routines.

Sensory integration therapies may help some children, while occupation and physical therapy may help those with poor motor coordination. Parents often need training and support in behavioral techniques to use at home.

There is no medication that can correct the impairments underlying Asperger's syndrome, but selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Prozac may help ameliorate the restriction of interests and repetition of behaviors that mark the disorder.

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