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Treating Aspergers Syndrome;
Natural Herbal Treatment for Aspergers Disease
- Natural Treatment for Asperger's
- Help from a Practicing ClinicalPsychologist
Asperger's Syndrome was first identified
in 1944, but was only officially recognized as a diagnostic category in
the DSM IV in 1994. As a result, many children were misdiagnosed
over the years as ADD/HD, Autistic, OCD or even schizophrenic.
Many different terms are currently applied,
leading to great confusion on the part of parents and educators. Asperger's
Syndrome may also be referred to as High Functioning Autism (HFA),
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD - NOS), Atypical PDD or even Nonverbal
Learning Disability (NLD).
There is still debate as to exactly how
Asperger's Syndrome should be classified. In addition, it is not always
an easy, clear cut diagnosis to make. As a result, diagnostic
errors continue to be made and this often affects treatment,
as well as access to appropriate help and information.
Parents may find themselves going from
one doctor to another, becoming more and more confused
and frustrated in their attempts to help their child.
(See bottom of the page for information about natural treatments for
is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's Syndrome is a neurobiological
disorder which is classified as one of the Pervasive Developmental
Disorders (PDD). It is characterized by significant impairment in social
interaction, as well as the development of repetitive and restricted
fields of interest, activities and interests.
While there are some similarities
with Autism, people with Asperger's usually have average
to above average IQ, and do not demonstrate clinically significant delays
in language or self help skills.
While they may have an extremely
good command of language and have a very rich vocabulary, they
are unable to use language appropriately in a social context and often
speak in a monotone, with little nuance and inflection
in their voice.
Children with Asperger's may
or may not seek out social interaction, but always have difficulty in
interpreting and learning the skills of social and emotional interaction
with others, leading to significant impairment in relationships
and peer interaction.
Although parents often notice
problems at an early age, diagnosis is usually made during
preschool age or later. While both boys and girls can have Asperger's,
the syndrome is more common in boys.
are the symptoms of Asperger's
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) lists the following symptoms for diagnosis
of Asperger's Syndrome (p77)
A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by
at least two of the following:
- Marked impairments in the use
of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial
expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
- Failure to develop peer relationships
appropriate to developmental levels
- A lack of spontaneity in seeking
to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people
(e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects
of interest to other people)
- Lack of social or emotional reciprocity
B. Restricted repetitive
and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities,
as manifested by at least one of the following:
- Encompassing preoccupation with
one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that
is abnormal either in intensity or focus
- Apparently inflexible adherence
to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
- Stereotyped and repetitive motor
mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex
- Persistent preoccupation with
parts of objects
C. The disturbance causes
clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other
important areas of functioning
D. There is no clinically significant general delay
in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative
phrases used by age 3 years)
E. There is no clinically
significant delay in cognitive development or in the development
of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than
social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood
F. Criteria are not met
for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia
are the causes of Asperger's
It is not known what causes Asperger's Syndrome,
although there appears to be a definite genetic component
as it tends to run in families. While there is as yet no clear evidence
as to the causes of Asperger's Syndrome, there may be certain 'triggers'
which may precipitate the condition.
These include environmental factors
like pollution, food intolerances (particularly to foods containing wheat,
gluten, sugar and dairy products), digestive problems
and even childhood vaccinations (particularly
There are also suggestions that Asperger's
Syndrome may sometimes be linked to high levels of Candida
in the gut. Clearly much more research is needed in this area.
One thing is sure - Asperger's is NOT
caused by bad parenting or problems in the family! It is unfortunate
that many parents have been made to feel guilty for a neurological disorder
which is not their fault.
there a cure for Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's Syndrome can currently
not be cured and the condition is lifelong. However, with
correct treatment and therapy, many people with Asperger's
can go on to lead normal lives and may even excel in certain
areas of occupational functioning.
Asperger's Syndrome be treated?
YES, most definitely!
However, because Asperger's is a relatively new diagnosis in the
field of developmental psychology and psychiatry, many treatment
approaches are still in the developmental stages
and lots of work still needs to be done in this area.
One thing has definitely been established
- the sooner treatment begins,
the better! This applies especially to remedial,
educational and therapeutic intervention.
While there is no specific treatment
or 'cure' for Asperger's Syndrome, there are many interventions
which can significantly improve the functioning
and quality of life of people and children with Asperger's.
This should be one of the
most important components of a treatment program.
Children with Asperger's Syndrome can be helped to learn social
skills by an experienced psychologist. Body language and nonverbal
communication can be taught in much the same way as one would teach
a foreign language.
Children with Asperger's can learn
to interpret nonverbal expressions
of emotion and social interaction. This can assist them with social
interaction and peer relationships and prevent
the isolation and depression that often occurs
as they enter adolescence.
Teenagers can sometimes benefit from
group therapy and can be taught
how to use the teenage 'slang' and language forms of their peer
Because children with Asperger's
Syndrome may differ widely in terms of IQ and ability levels, schools
should learn to individualize educational
programs for these children.
Some of them may cope well in a mainstream
class with additional support, while others may need to receive
specialized education. In all
cases, teachers should be aware of the special needs of Asperger's
children, who often need a great deal more support than first appears
Psychotherapeutic approaches which
focus on supportive therapy, the teaching of social skills and concrete
behavioral techniques are more effective than approaches
which concentrate on emotion in depth therapy, which may be too
uncomfortable and stressful for the person with Asperger's.
Children can benefit from play
therapy and 'story' therapy aimed at raising
awareness of nonverbal communication, social development and teaching
Although there is no conclusive evidence,
there are strong suggestions that changes in diet may significantly
reduce the symptoms of
some children with Asperger's Disorder.
Many parents report that their children
become much more manageable when certain classes
of food are eliminated from the diet. These include dairy products,
sugar, gluten, wheat and some artificial colorants and preservatives
like MSG and tartrazine.
It is worthwhile to consult
a trained nutritionalist to assist with dietary intervention
and parents should not simply eliminate important foods from their
children's diets without expert advice.
Interventions or Drug Therapy
Many children and adults with Asperger's
Disorder do not need any form of medication, while others need to
be treated symptomatically. While there are no specific 'Asperger's'
drugs, psychiatric drugs can be used to treat some
of the problems which may manifest or be associated with Asperger's,
such as ADD/HD, depression, mood swings, temper tantrums, irritability,
aggression, obsessions and compulsive behaviors and anxiety.
Many of the drugs used to treat the
other Pervasive Developmental Disorders like Autism
are also used to treat some of the associated symptoms of Asperger's.
These include Ritalin, Adderall, Paxil, Strattera, Prozac, Risperal
Like many psychiatric drugs, these
often come with unwanted side effects and the risk
of addiction and their benefits should always be weighed
against the potential harm they could cause, particularly in the
case of children. Remember that you should always consult your doctor
before altering or discontinuing any prescription medication.
It is also important to realize that
there are effective herbal and homeopathic alternatives
to many of the prescription drugs. As with any medication,
it is always best to consult your doctor before changing or discontinuing
any prescribed medicines.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies can
be viable alternatives to the synthetic drugs and
may be just as effective, with far fewer risks
and side effects.
Depending on the symptoms
that need treatment, Native Remedies recommends the following remedies
to assist in an overall treatment plan.
Herbal remedy for depression, mood swings, repetitive behaviors,
These may all be symptoms of serotonin
imbalance and may show improvement with the use
of our 100% herbal MindSoothe
Jr. formula (available in capsules for adults
and drops for children).
The ingredients of MindSoothe Jr.
have been clinically proven to assist in balancing serotonin levels
and act as SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake
Inhibitors) in much the same way as the synthetic SSRI's do.
remedy for anxiety (calm and soothe)
may be very effective in calming autistic children and adults, who
can easily become highly distressed and volatile over seemingly
small changes in their environment. However, many tranquilizing
drugs are also addictive and individuals may build
up tolerance, resulting in the need for increasingly higher doses.
is an herbal formula which has been specially formulated to calm
and soothe children and adults without the risk of side
effects and potential addiction.
Available in easy to administer drop
form, the dosage may be adjusted to suit children or adults. PureCalm
may be taken on its own when needed for quick symptomatic
relief, and is also safe to use with most prescription
and herbal medicines.
remedies for ADHD, hyperactivity and
Like the benzodiazepines and tranquilizing
drugs, the psycho-stimulants come with documented
side effects and potential for dependency. Yet
many parents find it very difficult to deal with Asperger's children
who also have symptoms of ADHD, hyperactivity and concentration
For the treatment of
hyperactivity, restlessness and lack of concentration, Native Remedies
has developed two highly effective remedies:
ADHD Formula is a 100% herbal remedy which has
been specially formulated to treat the symptoms of ADHD in children
and adults alike. Focus comes in a tincture an is easily administered
as drops in some juice or water.
is a safe and effective homeopathic formula that can be effectively
used on its own or in combination with
Focus ADHD Formula for children with defiance and
remedy for tantrums
Many Asperger's children have violent
tantrums, sometimes seemingly without cause. Tantrums may
often be a result of the child's frustration at
being unable to communicate or understand, and may also be a response
to changes in routine or environment.
Tantrum Tamer, a
specially formulated homeopathic remedy, uses proven homeopathic
ingredients which can greatly reduce or eliminate
distressing and hard to handle tantrums.
Tantrum Tamer dissolves easily in
the mouth and is pleasant tasting and readily accepted by children.
Treatments may be used
independently or in combination.
have these products helped others?
"Our son is
Asperger's PDD. He is on Concerta 36 mgs, but he still was having
anxiety and tantrums, and other issues. Since he is on the PureCalm,
he has not had a tantrum, and has not displayed many of the behaviors
that previously concerned us. He does not have any side effects
from the PureCalm, and he's much calmer!! I can't describe the relief."
- E., Kansas
products. My two children, ages 11 and 6 have Asperger's Disorder
and ADHD. My life was crazy trying everything from vitamins, minerals,
amino acids, color therapy, NAET, homeopathy, chelation, and several
others. My 6 year old is taking BrightSpark
3X a day. He is sweet and kind again. No more outbursts. The biggest
joy is to see my son with Asperger's giving good advice to his younger
brother. He is much more socially appropriate since he began taking
Mindsoothe Jr. and
PureCalm." - Lisa,
"I would have
been the last person to believe that an herbal remedy could help
my son who has Asperger's. He just could not cope with even the
smallest distraction in class without becoming frustrated and losing
concentration. But my wife insisted that Focus
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my wife's mind at rest to try it, which we did. I am writing to
say that I am very impressed at the difference. I can see the improvement
when my son does his homework and the reports from school are very
positive. I guess I should have listened to my wife long ago - after
reading all the information on your web site I have apologized to
my wife and my son because I did not really understand what he was
going through." - Graham
really helps my son who is diagnosed with Asperger's. He is doing
quite well in his job and he has even managed to find a wife who
understands him which I thought could never happen! Don't get me
wrong, I love my son - but he was never the easiest person to live
with due to his anxiety about everything. When something stressed
him out it was as if he just couldn't let it go so he would become
more and more upset. Now when he gets like that, PureCalm helps him to calm himself down so much so that he can even see that
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"I want you to know that I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown
with my son who is 6 and is diagnosed with Aspergers Disorder. Although
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to shout and break things because something had upset him. Sometimes
we didn't even know what it was. I can hardly believe the difference
that your product has made! He has been on the Mindsoothe
Jr. and the Tantrum Tamer for about
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to shout and throw himself around, we give him an additional dose
of the Tantrum Tamer, which he loves, and he is quiet again. This
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Mindsoothe and can
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