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TMS Treatment For Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger’s, formally known as Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) was a sub-type of Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a Developmental Disorder. Although no longer a formal diagnosis, many doctors and individuals are familiar with Asperger’s.
Asperger’s, like Autism, is characterized by deficiencies in language and communication skills, combined with repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. Unlike Autism sufferers, those with Asperger’s retain their early language skills.
The most differentiating symptom of Asperger’s is an obsessive interest in a single object or single topic to the exclusion of all others. Asperger’s sufferers desire to know every possible thing about their topic of interest, such that their conversations with others will rarely be about any other topic. This obsessional interest creates expertise, a high level of vocabulary, and formal speech patterns that make the Asperger’s sufferers seem like professors.
Other manifestations of Asperger’s include repetitive rituals or routines; oddities in speech and language; socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior, the inability to interact, appropriately, with their peers; deficiencies in non-verbal communication; and often clumsy or uncoordinated motor movements.
Children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome are most often isolated, due to their poor social skills, and their exceedingly narrow interests. AS sufferers can approach others, but a normal conversation between them and others is largely impossible, as a result of their inappropriate or eccentric behavior, or their desire to talk exclusively about their obsessional interests.
Children with Asperger’s typically usually have a history of developmental delays in motor skills such as pedaling a bike, catching a ball, or climbing outdoor play equipment. They are often awkward in their movements and poorly coordinated and display a walk that can appear either bouncy or stilted.
Unfortunately, there are very few and largely ineffective, treatment interventions, currently available, to treat Asperger’s Syndrome.
There are no drugs/medications approved by the FDA that are specifically designed to treat Asperger’s.
TMS has proven to be demonstrably effective in minimizing the symptoms of Asperger’s, in ways that other interventions have not been able to do. Our San Diego Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinic offers TMS Therapy for Asperger’s Syndrome.
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TMS benefits include:
- Compelling High Success Rate in reducing Asperger’s symptoms
- Non-Invasive – the treatment is entirely external to the body
- Non-Sedative – it requires no sedation and is relatively painless
- Minimal to No Side Effects – it has no side effects in the vast majority of patients
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Can TMS therapy help Aspergers?
TMS may not be able to treat every symptom along the Autism spectrum, though one study published promising results in the use of TMS for Asperger syndrome. This patient reported that she “did not have to think so much of what to say.” This patient was also able to pick up more naturally on social cues. Eye contact felt more comfortable and making new friends felt more natural to her. This evidence suggest that TMS therapy can help those with Asperger’s syndrome.
Scholarly Research and Publications
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