Aspergers is a developmental disorder in children that are very smart. And while specialists are finding out new information all the time, one specific cause or cure for Aspergers is still unknown. This is not a surprise to us. No two children have the same neurological wiring. Differences in gestation, birth, environment, parenting, experiences, health etc. cause differences in the wiring of the brain as it develops. Some areas connect stronger, and others have weaker connections. These weaknesses can cause developmental issues. See a list of Aspergers Symptoms here.
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We find the weak connections and strengthen them. Specialists have great success using this strategy. These exercises can be done with an Occupational Therapist or right at home.
Children with Aspergers do not have all of the same challenges and symptoms. This is why it is sometimes a long process to get a proper diagnosis or lack thereof, even though they are showing many signs. But, there are some consistent traits and weaknesses that generally are found in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Aspergers.
Find the weakness and strengthen it
Babies are born with reflexes known as Primitive Reflexes or Infant Reflexes. These reflexes help them through the first year of life but go away as the baby develops muscle control, or should go away. However, quite consistently in Aspergers kids, they have some or all of these Primitive Reflexes still active. We call these the ‘trouble makers’ that interfere with cognitive development. Some specialists even theorize that they are the underlying cause of many developmental disorders. They seem to cause a weak foundation. We have seen and heard a lot of great success stories about children and adults gaining great improvement by exercising the reflexes away.
Once the trouble makers are taken care of, you can check their cognitive and sensory functions. Another problem consistent in Asperger children are their sensory processing challenges. Dr. Robert Melillo, neurologist and founder of over 80 Brain Balance Centers, found that children with Aspergers often have a right brain delay. This means that the sensory and other functions in the right side of their brain are weaker. This causes some over sensitivity in the other side and lack of communication between the right and left hemispheres. He calls this Functional Disconnection Syndrome. He found that by exercising these functions to strengthen the weak ones, he could get the hemispheres to reconnect and improve or cure the dysfunctions and symptoms. We have Cognitive/Sensory tests and exercises here on our site. But, you can read more about his method in Disconnected Kids. One of the best books I have read on developmental issues and their cures.
We recommend a great blog by Penelope Trunk She has several very good articles on what it is like to have Aspergers.
Confesions of an Aspergers Mom is a great blog about family life with Aspergers.
Life with Aspergers is a dad with an Asperbers son and APD son. They touch on some very good issues.
Read The Introverted Matriarch to get a fresh perspective of Aspergers as an adult. Super good articles.
If you want a touching story of a child reared with undiagnosed Aspergers, read AStrangerInGodZone. What an amazing lady.
For a positive perspective on the daily struggles of raising a family with an Aspergers child, you will want to read Looking for Blue Skies. We just love how this mom deals with the challenge.
Letters from Aspergia is a fresh and interesting perspective by a gifted writer. We recommend this reading to parents and those diagnosed with Aspergers.
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We hope this information we have published is helpful to your family. Our LD children have benefited greatly by doing them. Please be sure to keep in touch, we love hearing our readers stories.
As children are all different, don’t try any of the test or exercises that your child might not be able to handle without speaking to your doctor or therapist about it first.