Helping Your Adolescent with Asperger’s Syndrome

3 – Get your teen into treatment.  Once your teen has been evaluated and diagnosed, a treatment program will be recommended based on his or her unique needs.  Treatment for ASD usually involves a combination of the following:

  • Applied behavior analysis – Focuses on increasing positive / desired behaviors and reducing unwanted behaviors using behavioral methods, such as positive reinforcement
  • Social skills training – Focuses on learning more appropriate social skills
  • Speech-language therapy – Focuses on improving conversational skills and overall communication, including reading social cues more accurately
  • Parent education and training – Focuses on teaching parents how to help their child with Asperger’s
  • Sensory Integration / Occupational Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – Focuses on changing negative / unhealthy thoughts patterns with more positive / healthy ones that will improve both emotions and behaviors
  • Medication – This may be prescribed to reduce symptoms of co-existing disorders such as depression or anxiety. Medication can also help the following:
    • Aggressive behavior
    • Hyperactivity
    • Difficulties with attention
    • Repetitive behaviors
    • Irritability

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