If you are concerned about your child's behavior
or communication style, talk to your child's doctor. He or she will ask you
about your child's development and ask if other people have noticed your
child's social problems.
The doctor may refer you to a specialist
to confirm or rule out Asperger's syndrome. The specialist may test your
child's learning style, speech and language, IQ, social and motor skills, and
Treatment is based on your child's unique symptoms. It may change often
so that it's most useful for your child.
Doctors, teachers, and
mental health counselors can help your child improve his or her behavior and
build social and learning skills. School programs, job training, and
counseling can help too. Many children with Asperger's
syndrome also have other conditions, such as
obsessive-compulsive disorder. So they may need other
treatments, such as medicine.
At home, you can help build your
child's confidence and skills. Use rules and daily routines, visual aids, and
role-playing. Focus on your child's strengths. Encourage your child to explore
interests at home and at school. And stay informed about what is happening in
your child's classroom.
Federal law requires public schools to have
programs for people ages 3 through 21 with special needs. Contact your school
district to find out what services your child can be a part of.
It takes patience and support to help your child reach his or her full
potential. And it may take time to find a doctor who has experience treating
people with this condition.
Try to learn as much as you can about
this condition, and talk to others about it. The more that teachers, your
child's peers, and other people learn, the better they can help and support
Many parents find comfort and build acceptance with
help from support groups, counseling, and a network of friends, family, and