Clinical Psychology Final Project
June 15, 2011
Aspergers Syndrome is one of the most common autism spectrum disorders, (Hunt & Marshall, 2006). There are many symptoms that are common with children with Aspergers syndrome. One symptom may be showing intense obsession with specific subject like cars, bugs or the weather. Speaking in a monotone voice or speaking fast is another symptom of Asperger’s (MayoClinic, 2011). There are approximately 26 to 36 out of 10,000 school-age children that are diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (Ehlers & Gillberg, 1993). Like classic autism, there is no known factor that causes ...view middle of the document...
I think cognitive behavioral therapy along with structure and support can help individuals living with Asperger’s Syndrome. Cognitive behavioral therapy fundamentally presumes that the way we think about events determine the way we respond (Pomerantz, 2008). A client may use CBT to help him or her stop and think about what they are doing. This can help when an individual is interrupting another or obsessing over an item. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be included in a treatment plan to achieve a more successful outcome for the child.
The resistance I think I, as a therapist, would encounter in this situation would be the family. Not all families understand Asperger’s Syndrome. Parents can be confused, upset or angry that their child has Asperger’s Syndrome. Having a child with Asperger’s can be overwhelming if the parent is not adequately informed on the disorder. Asperger’s Syndrome can take a toll on a family and relationships. Parents will be overwhelmed with information, some with medical bills. As a therapist, I feel as if I will be the target of many parent’s anger. I hope that I will able to reassure the families that living with Asperger’s Syndrome can be done with a lot of work, dedication and determination.
As a therapist, I would suggest to families living with a child with Asperger’s to attend family therapy and group therapy. Family therapy can give the family a safe place to discuss their feelings and concerns. Family therapy will be controlled situation where there is professional help. Families can work together to become a stronger family to help their child with Asperger’s. Group therapy can offer families support and a place to share ideas with other families coping with Asperger’s Syndrome. Many families may enjoy attending group sessions in order to communicate with other families coping Asperger’s Syndrome.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a complex disorder. Children living with Asperger’s Syndrome have many other issues to cope with while living with Asperger’s. Children may not have the proper skills to make friends which can lead to depression or anxiety (Watkins, 2000). Children with Asperger’s Syndrome may have issues with depression and or anxiety is not properly treated.
A lay opinion is an opinion by an individual by is not qualified as an expert. Many parents may offer advice to other parents with a child with Asperger’s Syndrome but it may be a lay opinion. An educated professional opinion is an opinion offered by an educated...