We carry out diagnostic assessments for Asperger's Syndrome (AS) for children and adults (our reports are accepted by the HSE, CAMHS, NEPS etc). AS is an autism spectrum disorder characterised by poor social skills, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours. Like other autistic disorders, AS is more common in males than females. AS is believed to have a largely genetic aetiology, and neuroimaging studies have shown that individuals with the condition demonstrate some atypical brain structure and functioning (amygdala, fusiform gyrus etc.).
Individuals with AS have milder autistic symptoms than those with classic autism, and usually have better daily living skills. However, they often experience considerable difficulty interpreting social cues and knowing how to act in social situations. This may lead to difficulty making friends, social isolation, low mood and/or anxiety. People with AS have a preference for routines and experience difficulty switching their attention between tasks (i.e., multi-tasking). They often develop obsessive interests in certain topics.
AS is diagnosed using psychometric test batteries, rating scales, checklists, interviews and clinical observations. As part of the assessment process, we may request reports from other professionals (e.g., Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists), and make referrals as necessary.
As with other autism spectrum disorders, early intervention is considered paramount. Research suggests that individuals with AS who are diagnosed and receive intervention as children will often go on to function better in life (in terms of social abilities, daily living skills etc.) than those who receive their diagnosis/treatment later in life.