Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) belongs to a group a neurological disorders that are known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This disorder is considered to be on the mild end of the spectrum, but it still causes problems for individuals on a daily basis. Those with AS have a difficult time with social interaction, will engage in repetitive behavior, and have rigidity of thinking and a focus on rules as well as routines. Some individuals with AS are classified as high functioning, which means that they do not have delayed language acquisition or cognitive development that is typical of people with autism spectrum disorders. Many times, those with AS will have normal or above normal intelligence and are frequently able to be in mainstream classrooms and hold a job. While AS cannot be cured, early detection can help a child learn social skills, achieve goals, and lead a productive life.
StoneCrest Center is a 133 bed treatment center providing psychiatric care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for patients with severe or life-threatening psychiatric problems.By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As a parent, raising a child with Asperger’s syndrome can be both emotionally and physically draining. At times it may be so difficult that you are unsure of what to do. Here are a few suggestions that may help:
- Find a team of trusted professionals who can help you make important decisions about your child’s education and treatment. Part of this process can include having a case manager assist in finding appropriate services that will meet the daily needs of your child.
- Take time for yourself because caring for a child with Asperger’s can be very stressful and you want to avoid burnout. Take time out to relax, exercise, or spend time with friends and other family members.
- Seek out other families of children with Asperger’s syndrome as they may have some advice for you. Most communities have support groups for parents and family members of children with AS.
- Learn about this disorder so that you better understand what your child is going through and their attempts to communicate with you.
- Keep records of visits with doctors so that you can monitor your child’s progress and help you decide about treatment options.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest
While there is no cure for Asperger’s an ideal treatment plan that coordinates therapies and interventions that meet the specific needs for each patient. For this reason it is often the case that an inpatient program specialized in treating autism spectrum disorders is going to be the most beneficial option. An inpatient treatment program can develop a treatment plan that coordinates multiple therapeutic modalities such as speech therapy to reinforce proper communication techniques, physical therapy to overcome fine and gross motor delays, and occupational therapy to reduce overstimulation from sensory stimuli, in one environment. Additionally, an inpatient program can use techniques that build upon the patient’s interests, follow a predictable schedule, and actively engage them attention in structured activities, while providing regular reinforcement of positive behaviors. Some children with AS benefit from social skills training to teach appropriate peer interactions, cognitive behavioral therapy to teach emotional regulation, and medication on an as-needed basis to ease symptoms of comorbid, co-occurring disorders. With effective, prompt treatment and support, most children with Asperger’s syndrome are able to overcome the many challenges associated with the disorder.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest we believe that by treating each client as an individual and integrating assistance from those who already have an understanding of the client, we can provide them with the best level of care. It is our mission to set ourselves apart from other mental health facilities by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients and provides a reliable resource for the community. As an ever-improving care facility, we want to redefine the way mental health care is delivered. We will continue to be the leader in creating distinct effective mental illness management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals
Types of treatment Offered at StoneCrest
At StoneCrest we use a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which is implemented by a fully qualified staff who enhance each patients person-centered planning. Each patient case manager will serve as their advocate and help guide them through the treatment process while also establishing a therapeutic relationship as they work with the patient toward identified treatment goals. For our patients with developmental disabilities our Inspirations program is specially designed for developmental disabled individuals who are also struggling with behavioral issues. Some treatment techniques we use in this program may include:
Medication management: Medication is sometimes used in the treatment of Asperger’s when the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder need to be managed. All patients are see by a doctor on a regular basis and are seen by a psychiatrist on a daily basis.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the treatment process at StoneCrest and multiple groups are held on a regular basis. For our MIDD program group therapy is more skill training based and also include nursing groups, as well as psycho education.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least once throughout a patients stay, but is typically held during both admission and discharge. Family involvement is extremely important to the well-being of the patient, which is why we encourage family members to be as involved as possible.
Other methods that may be included in your treatment plan are:
- One-on-one time with therapist in sensory room
- Expressive arts
- Therapeutic recreation
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When the patient has completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. The discharge process includes coordinating with outside support, ensuring placement or housing, and scheduling appointments with community agencies for mental health follow up.