Clinical Psychology Project Essay

1086 Words May 21st, 2012 5 Pages
Clinical Psychology Final Project
Virginia Berry
June 15, 2011
PS380
Professor Husk
Kaplan University

Aspergers Syndrome is one of the most common autism spectrum disorders, (Hunt & Marshall, 2006). There are many symptoms that are common with children with Aspergers syndrome. One symptom may be showing intense obsession with specific subject like cars, bugs or the weather. Speaking in a monotone voice or speaking fast is another symptom of Asperger’s (MayoClinic, 2011). There are approximately 26 to 36 out of 10,000 school-age children that are diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (Ehlers & Gillberg, 1993). Like classic autism, there is no known factor that causes Asperger’s Syndrome. Though many parents believe there is
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Cognitive behavioral therapy fundamentally presumes that the way we think about events determine the way we respond (Pomerantz, 2008). A client may use CBT to help him or her stop and think about what they are doing. This can help when an individual is interrupting another or obsessing over an item. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be included in a treatment plan to achieve a more successful outcome for the child. The resistance I think I, as a therapist, would encounter in this situation would be the family. Not all families understand Asperger’s Syndrome. Parents can be confused, upset or angry that their child has Asperger’s Syndrome. Having a child with Asperger’s can be overwhelming if the parent is not adequately informed on the disorder. Asperger’s Syndrome can take a toll on a family and relationships. Parents will be overwhelmed with information, some with medical bills. As a therapist, I feel as if I will be the target of many parent’s anger. I hope that I will able to reassure the families that living with Asperger’s Syndrome can be done with a lot of work, dedication and determination. As a therapist, I would suggest to families living with a child with Asperger’s to attend family therapy and group therapy. Family therapy can give the family a safe place to discuss their feelings and concerns. Family therapy will be controlled situation where there is professional help. Families can work together to become a stronger family to help their child
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