Understanding Why Early Intervention is Crucial With Aspergers Syndrome

Understanding Why Early Intervention is Crucial With Aspergers Syndrome

Once defined as a condition of its own, Asperger’s syndrome is now part of the broad category called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Asperger syndrome is considered higher functioning, which means those affected by the condition can often manage life skills with little assistance. However, early intervention becomes imperative to help children maximize their chances of reaching typical milestones.

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The early signs

Because early intervention is crucial, we’re grateful that the onset of symptoms typically begins early in life. These early signs allow professionals to develop an individualized plan for the child. The imperative component here is recognizing the signs and knowing when it’s time for intervention. Below are a few generalized signs that may indicate signs of Asperger’s syndrome:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Missing social cues during conversation and playtimes
  • Seemingly awkward or unsure how to respond in conversation
  • Obsessing over a single interest or showing great intensity
  • An objection to unscheduled changes

While these are just a few of the most common signs, there are several other indicators that professional intervention may be required. For example, trouble with pretend play or accepting affection are two others. The main focus is noticing delays with your child’s communication and social skills.

Early intervention and treatment

Early intervention can help your child develop the skills they’ll need to function in everyday life with little to no assistance. The key is regular and consistent treatment. Treatments usually include a mix of speck, physical, and behavioral therapies.

  • Social skills to ensure successful, confident interactions with others
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy for coping with emotions, repetitive routines, and obsessions
  • Speech and language therapy to develop appropriate skillsets for conversation and responses.

With early intervention, your child will develop the skills to interact with others while expressing themselves in more appropriate manners. Furthermore, the potential flat tone of their voice will be replaced by the learning of regular ups and downs of speech while maintaining eye contact. By challenging your child’s way of thinking, they’ll also develop the skills needed to better control emotions that may lead to outbursts and meltdowns.

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If you believe your child may require early intervention, it’s time to contact Watch Me Shine. Our highly talented and skilled team works closely with Child Development Services and MainCare offices of DHHS/OFCS to provide early intervention services to children and support for their families.

For more information, contact us today at (207) 990-0162.

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