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Pervasive developmental disorder - Asperger syndrome; Autistic spectrum disorder - Asperger
There is no single best treatment for all children with Asperger syndrome. Most experts feel that the earlier treatment is started, the better.
Programs for children with Asperger syndrome teach skills by building on a series of simple steps, using highly structured activities. Important tasks or points are repeated over time to help reinforce certain behaviors.
Types of programs may include:
Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), antipsychotics, and stimulants may be used to treat problems such as anxiety, depression, and aggression.
With treatment, many children and their families can learn to cope with the problems of Asperger syndrome. Social interaction and personal relationships may still be problems. However, many adults work successfully in mainstream jobs and are able to have an independent life, if they have the right kind of support available.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if your child:
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