Asperger's Syndrome (AS)
What is Asperger's Syndrome?
At this time there is a great deal of debate as to exactly where Asperger's Syndrome (AS) fits. It is presently described as an "autism spectrum disorder". Some professionals feel that AS is the same as High Functioning Autism, while others feel that it is better described as a Nonverbal Learning Disability. Because it was virtually unknown until a few years ago, many individuals either received an incorrect diagnosis or remained undiagnosed
For example, it is not at all uncommon for a child who was initially diagnosed with ADD or ADHD be re-diagnosed with AS. In addition, some individuals who were originally diagnosed with High Functioning Autism or Pervasive Disability Disorder(PDD) are now being given the AS diagnosis and many individuals have a dual diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.
Individuals with AS can exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe. Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often the individual with AS has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see.
By definition, those with AS have a normal IQ and many individuals (although not all), exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. Because of their high degree of functionality and their naiveté, those with AS are often viewed as eccentric or odd and can easily become victims of teasing and bullying. While language development seems, on the surface, normal, individuals with, AS often have deficits in pragmatics and prosody. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich and some children sound like "little professors." However, persons with AS can be extremely literal and have difficulty using language in a social context.
Alternative Healing Therapies are an important and effective treatment to work to improve many of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome. Introducing Energy Therapy and working with the individual's electro magnetic energetic field as in Neural Transmission Repatterning (NTR) is one of the modalities successful in the treatment of Asperger's Syndrome. A Treatment such as NTR affects the cellular biology and chemistry of the body and brain to reorganize, integrate, regenerate and repattern the neural pathways, to improve and balance the electrical transmission and circuitry of the entire brain, bringing a compromised system back into alignment or integration.
Multimodal interventions including diet (low allergenic, gluten-free, dairy free) nutritional supplements (Vit B, magnesium, essential fatty acids and others) also help to make a difference to bring balance to a whole system.