Asperger Syndrome

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Asperger’s Syndrome

Excitement abounds about the potentials of research in neuroplasticity and Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation in particular (TMS) for the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. John Elder Robinson, the famous author of “Look Me In The Eye” has written “Switched On,” a book about his life changing experience with TMS. Should people be seeking out TMS now?

Asperger Syndrome

Are Adults With Asperger’s Syndrome Forgotten?

People with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) navigate the neurotypical world dealing with the same basic challenges they had as children, but there are relatively few practical and local support services available to them.

Accommodations aren’t made for adults. They can have sensory problems in over-stimulating environments, but the few accommodations made in ERs and theaters for children don’t include them.

Accommodations in school may have helped with inflexibility, concrete thinking and difficulty with changes...

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Asperger and NLD Students : Unmet Learning Challenges?

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Most students with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) are bright. They often do well in school, especially on tasks involving facts and logic. However, many AS/NLD students experience learning challenges relative to their intellectual potential, often in language skills. Pragmatic language, the skills of everyday social language (including body language), are often taught in social groups or in Speech and Language sessions.  Other key skills can fly under the radar.

Asperger Syndrome

Aspergers, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), and Families

Parents of any child with differences struggle with feeling isolated. One of the challenges for families with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD or NVLD) children is that these children don’t look different.  They’re bright and verbal; their quirkiness, sensitivities and apparent oppositionalism aren’t easy to understand. As a result, parents often feel blamed for their children’s special challenges.

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Asperger’s, NLD and Social Teaching

For students with Asperger’s and NLD, coaching in social understanding and skills must be embedded throughout their day in real time, and not relegated to a social skills group and a weekly meeting with a counselor. Professionals and parents have to recognize social misunderstandings when they occur, and teach rather than correct or blame.

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Aspergers, NLD, Triggers and Reactivity

Over the next three blogs, I’ll address three areas parents and adults need to understand in practical terms once they have an Aspergers or Nonverbal Learning Disability diagnosis: emotional reactivity, social challenges, and inflexibility. I’m addressing reactivity first, because emotional self-regulation underlies handling all other issues.