How can Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy help children with Aspergers?

Aspergers is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). there are many possible symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, the main symptom is severe trouble with social situations. Because of the wide variety of symptoms, no two children with Asperger's are alike.

Children with Asperger’s may dislike any changes in routine, appear to lack empathy, Be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch, and accent that alter the meaning of others’ speech, Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age, avoid eye contact or stare at others, have unusual facial expressions or postures, be preoccupied with only one or few interests, Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized, Have delayed motor development or Have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures.

How can SPOT Help?

Self Regulation Groups are aimed at children who have difficulty recognising and dealing appropriately with feelings and emotions which form part of their everyday experiences.  Children with a diagnosis of Aspergers often have difficulties with self regulation and can benefit from investigating and labelling different emotions.  Once children have been helped to recognise their feelings the group work aims to help identify specific activities that will help them to manage/regulate themselves independently.

Youth Aspergers Group. This group is aimed at teenagers who for a variety of reasons are unable to access the usual social activities offered in the community for young people. All sessions aim to promote confidence in social interaction, develop language and motor/co-ordination through fun, motivating activities. The aim of the teen group is to promote teens’ confidence in social interaction and to help them in adjusting to the changing social demands that present challenges to the teenager with special needs.  This takes the form of a typical youth group where activities such as music, art, cooking, hobbies etc are provided.  
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