How Is It Treated?The ideal treatment for Asperger syndrome coordinates therapies that address the three core symptoms of the disorder:
- Poor communication skills
- Obsessive or repetitive routines
- Physical clumsiness.
There is no single best treatment package for all children with Asperger syndrome, but most healthcare professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better.
An effective treatment program:
- Builds on the child's interests
- Offers a predictable schedule
- Teaches tasks as a series of simple steps
- Actively engages the child's attention in highly structured activities
- Provides regular reinforcement of behavior.
Treatment programs may include social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication for coexisting conditions, and other measures.
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Prognosis for Asperger SyndromeWith effective treatment, children with Asperger syndrome can learn to cope with their disabilities, but they may still find social situations and personal relationships challenging.
Asperger syndrome is not fatal and does not affect normal life expectancy.
Many adults with Asperger syndrome are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs, although they may continue to need encouragement and moral support to maintain an independent life.