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High- functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder  

Social (pragmatic) Communication Disorder


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name of a group of developmental disorders. Symptoms and behaviors of an autism spectrum disorder can vary, ranging from mild to severe. The reason autism spectrum disorders are called “spectrum” disorders is that they affect people differently and to different degrees. Symptoms and behaviors can vary, ranging from mild to severe. For this reason, treatment plans are highly individualized.

Asperger's syndrome is technically no longer a diagnosis on its own. It is now part of a broader category called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The condition is what doctors call a "high-functioning" type of ASD. This means the symptoms are less severe than other kinds of autism spectrum disorders Social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) is a new diagnosis which has some symptoms that overlap with Asperger's.

Children and adults who have an autism spectrum disorder often have these symptoms:

  • Trouble communicating

  • Difficulty with social interactions

  • Repetitive behaviors

  • Sensitivity to sounds, sights, or sensations


Treatment models that our practice offers;

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can help to address conditions like anxiety, depression, and other psychological challenges facing someone with Asperger’s.

  • Social skills training, which can help someone with Asperger’s understand social and conversation cues and help them to interact with others more effectively.

  • Family therapy, which can help parents or family members of someone with Asperger’s learn how to interact with them in a positive way that promotes things like good social and living skills.


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