Asperger's Syndrome

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is a neuropsychological condition involving both strengths and challenges.  Persons with Asperger's are usually of average to above average intelligence, and often pursue advanced degrees in areas of interest.  They tend to have difficulty in social situations, might not read subtle social cues or be aware of certain social conventions.  This can lead to social problems as people may interpret their lack of social awareness as lack of respect or caring. There are some traits similiar to autism as well; sensitivity to light, sound, smell texture is common, difficulty coping with changes in routine is also common. Because of these sensory issues, outings such as movies or parties can be overwhelming for such individuals and cause them to withdraw or feel agitated.  This website page describes how a person with Asperger's may experience living.

What kind of support is available for people with Asperger's syndrome?

In Ohio, Summit Academy provides specialized education for children and teens.

Here is an excellent website for more resources about Asperger's. 

How Counseling Can Help

Cognitive-behavioral therapy aimed at building on strength and minimizing impact of difficulties can help greatly.

Younger children can learn to recognize signs of emotional overload and learn effective communication skills. 

Teens and young adults can learn social skills for functioning in the work place and social settings. 

Use of visual materials and media facilitate learning. 

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