Sunrise Psychology Centre Edmonton

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Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome used to have it’s own classification, but recently it has be taken under the umbrella of “autism spectrum disorders”. Today someone who would have previously been classified as having Asperger syndrome would be considered to be on the “high-functioning” end of the autism spectrum. Some common features of people living with Asperger syndrome include: possible motor impairment, little interest in social interactions, conversations about self rather than others, trouble-understanding cues from others, interest in very specific field, lack of eye contact, among others.

Not everyone will have all of these symptoms, and their intensity will vary. Because of their difficulty interacting with others, people with Asperger syndrome may have difficulty finding friends and support groups. Our therapists can help them find coping strategies and ways to interact differently with others. We can also provide support to parents and caregivers of people with Asperger syndrome. Studies have found that cognitive behavioral therapy is especially useful in working with individuals with Asperger syndrome. This type of therapy works to change thought processes in order to change the behavior they exhibit. This can be useful when working with someone who has difficulty controlling emotions, repetitive behavior, obsessions, and can even help them learn social cues.