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Aspergers Disorder Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine & Children ADHD & Autism Specialist located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

In the United States. Asperger’s disorder is no longer a single diagnosis but categorized as an autism spectrum disorder. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, specializes in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and finds that Asperger’s disorder makes a better diagnosis for those with mild autism symptoms. The neurophysical medicine practice uses biofeedback to treat Asperger’s and improve brain function. To schedule an appointment, call the office today.

Aspergers Disorder Q & A

What is Asperger’s disorder?

Asperger’s disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition named after the Austrian pediatrician Dr. Hans Asperger. For many years, Asperger’s disorder was classified as one of the autism spectrum disorders. 

In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, eliminated Asperger’s disorder as a diagnosis and merged it with autism spectrum disorder. 

However, the World Health Organization continues to include Asperger’s disorder as a separate diagnosis. 

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine finds the former diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder to be a more accurate description of a specific set of characteristics in some patients with an autism spectrum disorder. 

What are Asperger’s disorder symptoms?

Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder range from mild to severe. Those with Asperger’s disorder tend to have mild symptoms, such as:

  • Impaired social interaction
  • Impaired nonverbal communication
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors

With Asperger’s disorder, there’s no language delay and cognitive skills are good. In fact, those with Asperger’s disorder may be highly intelligent or gifted. 

How is Asperger’s disorder diagnosed?

Though an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis is based on a certain set of behavioral symptoms, the diagnosis doesn’t provide details about the origin of the condition. Autism spectrum disorder, like Asperger’s disorder, affects brain development.

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping to link symptoms to specific dysregulation patterns in the brain. 

By brain mapping patients with Asperger’s disorder, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine can identify the dysregulated networks responsible for:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Analyzing facial emotions
  • Understanding the intention of others
  • Seeing another person’s cognitive or emotional perspective
  • Reading the feelings of others and responding appropriately

Because symptoms are mild, it’s not unusual for children with Asperger’s disorder to be misdiagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder. In undiagnosed adults, Asperger’s disorder may be identified when they seek treatment for depression or anxiety.

How is Asperger’s disorder treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses biofeedback to treat Asperger’s disorder. Your provider custom designs a treatment plan based on the areas of dysregulation identified during your brain mapping. 

With biofeedback training, your brain reorganizes itself to create a new network that improves brain function and reduces symptoms.

When it comes to providing effective treatment for Asperger’s disorder, the most important part of the process is linking the unwanted symptoms with specific brain networks that are disturbed, dysregulated, or under-functioning. 

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine has helped many patients with Asperger’s disorder improve their symptoms and quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call the office today.