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How is Asperger Syndrome Treated?

There is no cure or specific treatment that works best for individuals with Asperger Syndrome. The aim of any treatment is to assist the individual in learning to manage and function to their highest potential in their daily routines and activities.

The ideal treatment for Asperger Syndrome would incorporate therapies that address the most common problems associated with Asperger syndrome, which include poor communication skills, repetitive/obsessive routines and clumsiness.

Treatment is usually found to be effective when it focuses on:

  • building on the individual's interests
  • providing a structured schedule
  • teaching tasks in a simple manner, in broken down steps
  • engaging the individual's attention in structured tasks and activities

A multidisciplinary team approach will be used for individuals with Asperger Syndrome and will involve the patient, their carers / parents, family members and a team of health professionals. There are a variety of treatment options available for individuals with Asperger Syndrome, the type of treatment given will vary depending on the specific needs and abilities of the individual and also their preferences on what they want to gain from treatment. Common treatment options for individuals with Asperger Syndrome include:

  • social skills training - teaching individuals skills needed for successful interaction with other children
  • cognitive behavioural therapy - this can help individuals to manage their emotions better, and help to reduce obsessive behaviours and repetitive routines
  • medication - for co-existing condition