Asperger is one of the autism spectrum disorders. Adolescents and adults with Asperger often experience a number of problems: Appropriately recognising and communicating emotions, starting and maintaining friendships and relationships, finding and keeping a job, joining a network of colleagues and negotiating problems in the family or in relationships.
The correct assessment and diagnosis of the condition is important, followed by psychological support and therapy.
The number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased in recent years. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 29 percent increase in autism prevalence since 2008 and a 62 percent increase since 2006. According to this study, one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls fall on the autism spectrum. Hence, it is likely that symptoms previous summarised as Asperger's Syndrome are also more frequent than previously thought.
Adult Asperger is a mental health condition that has received media attention, partially due to very successful TV shows such as "Big Bang Theory" and "Doc Martin". Both shows feature a character who is suspected of having Adult Asperger Syndrome. Adults with Asperger are often very intelligent and well educated. Furthermore, adolescents and adults affected by Asperger often have a high level of awareness of the condition and many have formed strong identities as "Aspies".
Many people with Aspergers struggle in relationships and sometimes in the professional area as well. The inability to efficiently communicate emotional content (or to perceive emotions accurately) is too much of a challenge. Sometimes, social isolation is felt intensly, on other occasions, close proximity to other people induces stress. In addition, partners struggle as well because of a lack of emotional awareness and sometimes a perceived lack of warmth in the relationship.
The psychologists at Melbourne Cognitive Psychology always look at individual clients in the context of their families and relationships. As psychologists, we try to identify strength and weaknesses
and our approach is always to build on strength to overcome areas of weakness. This includes social communication. We look beyond diagnostic categories, focuss on indviduals embedded in a network of social relationships, and we help clients with high-functioning autism to use their unique intelligence to overcome challenges and work and in relationships.
Melbourne Cognitive Psychology is specialising on Adolescent and Adult Asperger Syndrome
and is using the latest psychological techniques to arrive at an accurate assessment. The standard assessment process includes (1) an initial consultation, (2) several sessions for psychological testing, and (3) a summary session including a discussion of results and a report (if required).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
has proven useful because it can help people with Asperger to perceive and communicate emotional content efficiently. Cognitive Therapy as well as elements from Psychodrama can teach individuals and couples better communication skills in a personal environment as well as professional life.
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