Asperger Syndrome

If you have not already done so, it may be helpful to read through Special Educational Needs before reading this page.

Information on this page is derived from
The National Autistic Society / The Asperger Foundation / Dore.co.uk / Directgov.gov.uk / NHS

Definition

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.

Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance.


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Characteristics

The characteristics of Asperger syndrome vary from one person to another; however people with the condition may have difficulties in these areas:

  • social communication

  • social interaction

  • social imagination

Other characteristics may include:

  • social communication

  • social interaction

  • social imagination


For more information please visit: The National Autistic Society

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Diagnosis

If you think your child may have Asperger Syndrome and you want to get a diagnosis, the first person to approach is your GP.

Once your GP is convinced of your child’s difficulties, your child should be referred for a formal assessment (diagnosis). You may have to wait a long time before you actually go for the assessment.

The assessment is usually done buy a paediatrician or child psychiatrist with an interest in pervasive developmental disorders can diagnose Asperger’s or autism. Trained clinical psychologists can also be involved. Many well developed departments have multidisciplinary teams to examine the various areas e.g. language.

To reduce the waiting time you may wish to book a Private Assessment. The costs of a private assessment can vary. Diagnostic Assessment Contacts

For more information please visit: The National Autistic Society / Dore.co.uk


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Support

There is currently no specific treatment or cure for Asperger’s syndrome.

There are many approaches, therapies and interventions, which can improve an individual's quality of life. Information about many of these can be found at: The National Autistic Society

As our understanding of the condition improves and research continues, sufferers have more opportunity than ever of fulfilling their potential.

For more information please visit: The National Autistic Society / Dore.co.uk


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Funding

Support is generally provided through the National Health Service (NHS), via a multi-disciplinary team of paediatrician, occupation therapist, physiotherapist and speech and language therapist.


For more information please visit: NHS The National Autistic Society


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Useful Contacts

UK Schools schoolswebdirectory.co.uk
Local Educational Authorities LEAs
The National Autistic Society autism.org.uk
Dore dore.co.uk
NHS nhs.uk
Directgov direct.gov.uk
Research Autism researchautism.net
Autism Support Group autismsupportgroup.co.uk
Aspirations projectaspie.com
OASIS @ MAAP aspergersyndrome.org
North East Autism Society ne-as.org.uk
Asperger-Syndrome.Me.UK asperger-syndrome.me.uk
Diagnostic Assessment Contacts Directory
Specialist Support Contacts Directory
Assistive Technology Trainers Contacts Directory

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