In the 1940s, Hans Asperger, a Viennese paediatrician, observed a set of behaviours and characteristics that were similar to those found in autistic individuals but these individuals did not have delays in language and had at least average cognitive development. Asperger’s has sometimes been confused with High Functioning Autism (HFA) but the difference was that HFA individuals had delayed language development. While Asperger’s syndrome was recognised as a separate disorder from autism (and different from HFA although the latter was never a formal diagnosis) , recent changes now means all three falls under the umbrella term of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association).
ASPERGER’S SYNDROME CHARACTERISTICS
A child with Asperger’s syndrome is likely to have some or all of the following characteristics:
- Social difficulties such as trouble making friends and delayed social maturity
- Difficulty communicating effectively and controlling emotions
- Advanced language skills but delayed conversation skills
- Unusually intense focus or fixation on a specific topic or interest
- Difficulty with organisation
- Unusual sensitivity to certain sounds, textures, or smells
- May be more clumsy physically than their peers
THE IMPORTANCE OF ASPERGER’S SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS IN BRISBANE
If you suspect your child may have Asperger’s syndrome, it’s important to obtain testing and a diagnosis for several reasons. A diagnosis can improve the way individuals feel about themselves, as well as the way they are perceived and treated by others. For example, a diagnosis gives an individual greater self-understanding and a sense of identification with a specific “culture,” while also bringing about a change in other people’s expectations, support, and acceptance as they understand better the challenges faced by the person with Asperger’s. Diagnosis also opens the door to certain resources at school that are helpful to the child and his or her teachers.
It is important to note that although Asperger’s syndrome shares many symptoms with autism, it also shares a great deal of differences; with each benefitting from a unique strategy for professional assistance and help. An essential element of treating both Autism and Asperger’s syndrome is ongoing support from family and friends, as strong support helps your child to feel understood and will reduce the frustration they may feel when expressing themselves.
THE PSYCHOLOGY HUB PROVIDES TESTING, DIAGNOSIS, AND THERAPY FOR ASPERGER’S SYNDROME
At The Psychology Hub, we provide Asperger’s syndrome testing in the Brisbane area, using evidence-based psychometrics such as the ASRS, ADOS, AQ, CARS, and other measures. Once you obtain a diagnosis and are looking for Asperger’s syndrome therapy in Brisbane, we can provide this as well; our treatment options include behaviour therapy, CBT, and Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Previously in Sydney, we are now located in North Lakes and can also offer North Side mobile services on an as-needed basis. We offer a client-centred, evidence-based approach to people of all ages, and not just for Asperger’s syndrome but also for all autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and more. We work alongside other allied health professionals so that our clients benefit from a complete treatment plan, and we are also Workcover providers and offer Medicare rebates.
If you believe your child may require testing and treatment for Asperger’s syndrome or if you need help with another problem such as anxiety or depression, give us a call today on 1300 3666 14 or use our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.