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Help With Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome (AS) is a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that is often described as the mildest form of autism. AS is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, motor coordination issues, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior(1). People with AS tend to have many of the social and sensory issues of those with more severe forms of autism but have average to above average IQs and well-developed vocabularies. They may also struggle to understand subtle forms of communication like body language, humor, and sarcasm(2). Symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety disorder may accompany a diagnosis of AS. The prevalence of AS is not well established partly due to it not being recognized before age 5 or 6 and because language development is normal.  However, experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children by age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder(2).

Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome

Children with AS may(2):

  • Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings.
  • Have a hard time understanding body language.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Want to be alone; or want to interact, but not know how.
  • Have narrow, sometimes obsessive, interests.
  • Talk only about themselves and their interests.
  • Speak in unusual ways or with an odd tone of voice.
  • Have a hard time making friends.
  • Seem nervous in large social groups.
  • Be clumsy or awkward.
  • Have rituals that they refuse to change, such as a very rigid bedtime routine.
  • Develop odd or repetitive movements.
  • Have unusual sensory reactions.

To learn more about the specific symptoms of Asperger syndrome, please refer to the DSM-IV criteria for the disorder.
Source: (1) National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Source: (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012
Source: (3) Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

Asperger Syndrome and The Brain Balance Program

Research results published in the Oxford Journal Cerebral Cortex show that study participants with autism spectrum disorder have decreased interhemispheric connectivity in brain regions responsible for regulating behaviors associated with the disorder. We believe this connectivity issue is related to functional disconnection syndrome, an imbalance in hemispheric brain communication that is at the root of many learning and developmental issues.

Since the right hemisphere of the brain regulates creativity, non-verbal learning, attention, and socially appropriate behavior, a child with decreased right brain activity may have trouble reading body language, maintaining eye contact, attention, and mood, and regulating repetitive behaviors. The Brain Balance Program® combines individually customized sensory motor and academic activities that address right brain connectivity and associated behavioral issues. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by published research that stresses the importance of a healthy diet for optimal childhood development.

Help and Hope for Asperger Syndrome

The Brain Balance Program is fundamentally based on the idea of neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to improve and change throughout a person’s lifetime. Our drug-free, integrated approach brings parents and kids together to help lead a more successful academic and personal life.

If your child struggles with symptoms similar to Asperger syndrome or has already been diagnosed with the disorder, contact us online or find a center near you to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help.