Asperger’s Syndrome is an autistic spectrum disorder that impairs the sufferer’s ability to interact socially. It affects about one in 200 people, who are often highly intelligent but find it difficult to see beyond their small world. They lack empathy with their peers and can’t understand non-verbal communication, and so they tend to withdraw socially.
It can be heart-rending when your child has no friends. Unable to play games that involve imagination and creativity, they may develop their own repetitive routines or rituals, limited interests and unusual preoccupations. They may also be clumsy and uncoordinated. Although their linguistic and cognitive skills are not usually impaired, they may display language peculiarities.
Asperger’s can have a devastating effect on the whole family. Sufferers tend to experience isolation and a lack of understanding, which often results in frustration, anger, depression and a lack of self-esteem. Parents may be at their wits’ end, not knowing how to cope with their child’s anti-social behaviour or their lack of friends.
At the David Mulhall Centre, I conduct a thorough and non-invasive Asperger’s assessment. I sometimes find there has been a misdiagnosis, and that the sufferer has an extreme case of Retained Reflex Syndrome. Even when the diagnosis is correct, I invariably find that both children and adults with Asperger’s have an underlying combination of retained reflexes which are impairing their ability to function.
Using the Mulhall Integration Programme, I can clear these reflexes, much improving the person’s quality of life and ability to interact at a higher level at school or the workplace. I create an individual treatment programme using a range of gentle techniques tailored to your needs. Once treated, the benefits are permanent.