NRS Healthcare are experts in providing daily living aids including aids for Asperger syndrome. Here are some examples of products that may help with a selection of common Asperger syndrome behaviours:
• For someone who fidgets or finds it difficult to sit still: Fiddle toy, Posture cushion
• For someone who seeks calm or time alone without overload of stimulation: Dark Den, Dark Den Lighting Accessory Kit
• For someone who enjoys sensory stimulation: Aroma Dough, Nature Sound Pyramid, Tactile Sensory Bag, Body Massage Bag, Vibrating Cushions
If you are unsure what aids for Asperger syndrome may help you or your child, NRS Healthcare has a team of Occupational Therapist product advisors who can advise you. Contact them on 0345 121 8111 or email [email protected]
Diet for Asperger syndrome
People with Asperger syndrome sometimes have difficulty with eating and may only like a small range of foods. If you are a parent or carer concerned that your child is not eating a healthy, balanced diet, speak to your GP who may be able to refer you to a dietician. Poor diet can lead to health problems in the future and may make some symptoms and behaviours worse.
Some people report that eliminating certain foods such as gluten or sugar from the diet of someone with the condition, or adding supplements for Asperger syndrome has improved their behaviours or helped them feel better, but there is little evidence to support these claims.
The National Autistic Foundation provides a lot of information about eating and autism.
Exercise for Asperger syndrome
Regular exercise is important for everybody and people with Asperger syndrome can benefit from a greater sense of self-esteem and wellbeing through exercise. Some people may prefer individual sports or exercise as opposed to team games because working with others in this environment may be challenging for them. Everybody is different though. Exercise does not have to be strict or comprised of set activities – simply running around and keeping active is still worthwhile exercise.
Asperger syndrome and education
Some children with Asperger syndrome find mainstream education difficult. Some find that bullying is an issue, that they feel lonely or are unable to keep up with their peers. This is not to say children with Asperger syndrome are necessarily less intelligent, and many actually have a higher than average IQ, but learning new skills, concentrating and just being within a classroom environment can be challenging for some.
Most public schools now have special educational needs coordinators, who may be able to help work with parents and children to find ways to make learning easier and more successful. Some children may dislike school and The National Autistic Society provides advice for parents or carers when a child refuses to go to school and also choosing a school.
Asperger syndrome and employment
Many people with Asperger syndrome are able to work. Some may need reasonable adjustments to be made to their working day, and may find that being open about their condition helps colleagues understand the way they work and their behaviour. For more advice or information, the National Autistic Foundation provides tips about working.