About Asperger’s Syndrome
Children with Asperger’s learn, interact and relate to the world in a different way to other children. This syndrome can affect many areas of your child’s development
including motor skills, speech and language, behaviour and the ability to make friends and ‘fit in’.
Because of the impact of Asperger’s on so many aspects of your child’s development, aggression, anxiety, and depression are just some of the acquired disorders a child with Asperger’s may be at risk of developing without the proper intervention.
The truth about Asperger’s
Parents and professionals alike can be overwhelmed by the conflicting information about Asperger’s. Asperger's is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which means there is a lot of information about many different characteristics and what to do about them. Hours spent trawling the internet often result in parents taking in outdated and misleading incorrect information - this results in many parents believing that they have to now resign themselves to the behaviours and struggles commonly associated with Asperger's.
One of our first tasks with a new family is to provide accurate, up to date and scientifically validated information about autism and explain the outstanding success we have had over the years in helping children with Asperger’s.
Here are some case stories of children and families we have worked with.
Helping your child with Asperger’s
Communication lies at the heart of all treatment for those with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Because of their normal or often high levels of intelligence, children with Asperger’s often have no problem understanding words or written communication, but have difficulty using language to successfully interact with others and communicate their needs and wants.
NETwork Interventions specialises in Verbal Behaviour, a philosophy of Behaviour Analysis, which is one of the most effective ways of helping children with the communication, language, social and behavioural problems associated with Asperger’s Syndrome. Verbal Behaviour (VB) will help your child to interpret and respond to those around them - this is a highly effective and recognised approach to helping children with Asperger’s improve their communication and social skills. We have seen time and time again, that by tackling the underlying communication and language problems that a child with Asperger’s is struggling with, many of the behavioural problems resolve themselves.
What results will I see?
We have years of experience of helping children with Asperger’s Syndrome - many of the children we work with have made astonishing progress and some learn to communicate and interact just like other children of the same age.
Whilst this degree of success is not possible for all children, even a child with significant struggles can make huge gains. However severely or mildly affected your child is, the right interventions can make all the difference. This can include enabling your child to:
- Replace language and communication problems with new skills and behaviours, reducing frustration and helping your child to interact more meaningfully at home, at school and in other social settings.
- Express emotions appropriately, resulting in a happier child and better relationships within and outside of the family.
- Overcome behavioural problems leading to improved performance at school, a happier family life and improved confidence and self esteem.
- Make friends and maintain friendships, reducing feelings of isolation and increased enjoyment of school and other social settings.
There are many factors which will influence the success of the intervention, including the nature and severity of the problem, your family situation and your availability to implement our recommendations day in day out. We will talk to you about these and the level of success you can expect, once we have undertaken a detailed observation and assessment of your child's needs.
Did you know?
Many children with Asperger’s fall through the net because parents and professionals alike underestimate the severity of this ‘hidden condition’– as a result many children fail to get the help they desperately need.
“Our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged 7; NETwork Interventions spent a day observing him at school and at home and quickly identified the skills he was lacking – skill deficits that we - and others working with our son - had not picked up on. NETwork Interventions trained us to help our son learn those missing skills. The results have been remarkable – he no longer cries about going to school, his concentration and behaviour are much better and he is far less likely to alienate others by the things he says. Thank you” Parent in Surrey.