Challenges and Gifts of Asperger’s

Joy was obsessed with “anything Ancient Egyptian”, from art, dance, ancient writings and history.   It was her passion, her love, her best friend. Her mind was like sponge, it soaked it all in.  She was only 14 years old, but she knew more about this subject than her history teachers. But the downside of her […]

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Residential Treatment for Adolescent Autism-Spectrum Disorder

Staff should be trained to distinguish between behaviors that stem from oppositional tendencies and those that stem from neurobiological disorders. Many young people with spectrum disorders have been chronically misunderstood by parents, teachers, and even therapists; in these cases, behaviors resulting from rigid thinking or misinterpretation of visual cues may meet with consequences instead of coaching.

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Asperger’s Syndrome: Treatment Options

While more severe forms of autistic-spectrum disorder require specialized care, many children and teens with Asperger’s disorder find themselves in mainstream settings and/or more broad-based treatment programs.  This approach can increase the young person’s access to normalized social situations in which they can learn better social skills experientially through contact with a more diverse peer […]

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