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What are the treatments for Asperger's syndrome?
Treatment of Asperger's syndrome involves a multidisciplinary approach.
Medical therapy is not effective in treating Asperger syndrome, although
medications may be prescribed to help control troubling symptoms or symptoms of
other psychiatric conditions that may coexist with Asperger's syndrome. In some
cases, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications are used for
relief of anxiety or depression. Medical treatments for ADHD may also be tried
if there is significant hyperactivity and/or distraction.
A number of behavioral and educational interventions can help people with
Asperger's syndrome, although all of these may not be necessary in a given
individual. The type of interventions chosen must be based upon the individual's
age and needs. Types of interventions that have been shown to be of benefit
efforts to reduce overstimulation or overload of sensory input;
supporting executive function skills by provision of an environment that is
predictable, structured, and organized;
organization skills training;
speech/language therapy that addresses the ambiguous use of language and
the use of language in social settings;
social skills training programs, including training in the awareness of
social cognition, use of gestures and facial expressions, and conversational
adaptive skills or life-skills training;
educational supports such as assistance with organization, note-taking,
allowing oral rather than written testing, use of scripts, and assistance with
reading comprehension and subtlety of language use; and