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September 2, 2011


Asperger Syndrome

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  Asperger Syndrome

by Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP, BCET

A few years ago I sat down next to a woman in a seminar on Asperger's Syndrome at the California Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference. I thought she was a fellow Speech-Language Pathologist. But, during the break we began talking and I found that she had come to the conference for this one particular seminar because her husband of 25 years had just been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. I will never forget what she said, "I thought all these years he just was unfeeling. Now I know there is a reason for all of my frustration and unhappiness. He kept saying he loved me, but sometimes I just didn't believe it. I wonder how many other adults have suffered for years and not known. My son has the disorder too. I am trying to understand their communication difficulties."

Because the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome can be similar to other problems, especially in its milder form, it is important to diagnose Asperger Synderome in order to provide important school accommodations and treatment. Children with Asperger Syndrome can often be misunderstood by their peers resulting in bullying and exclusion. Adults may misinterpret them as well, causing the child further anxiety.

Asperger Syndrome was first described as a syndrome in 1944 by Dr. Hans Asperger. A combined grouping of resources from Dr. Tony Attwood, (www.tonyattwood.com), Yahoo Health (http://health.yahoo.net/adamcontent/asperger-syndrome#symptoms), Tina K Veale, Ph. D., Eastern Illinois University (American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2009) and the and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.htm) delineates the following characteristics:

A qualitative impairment in social interaction:
*Failure to develop friendships that are appropriate to the child's developmental level.
*Impaired use of non-verbal behaviour such as eye gaze, facial expression and body language to regulate a social interaction.
*Lack of social and emotional reciprocity and empathy.
*Impaired ability to identify social cues and conventions.

Restrictive Interests:
* The development of special interests that is unusual in their intensity and focus.
* Preference for routine and consistency.

A qualitative impairment in communication skills:
* Fluent speech but difficulties with conversational skills and a tendency to be pedantic, have an unusual prosody and to make a literal interpretation.
*It may be difficult to choose a topic of conversation, their body language may be off, and it may be difficult for them to recognize that the other person has lost interest in the topic.
*They may speak in a monotone, and may not respond to other people's comments or emotions.
*They may have difficulty understanding sarcasm or humor.
*Their speech may be marked by a lack of rhythm, an odd inflection, or a monotone pitch.
*Children with AS often lack the ability to modulate the volume of their voice to match their surroundings.

To summarize the above characteristics, a student's with Asperger Syndrome typically presents deficits in two areas: behavior and social interaction. The areas of Social Interaction which requires Pragmatic Language Skills are what I am most familiar with and any diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome needs to have the expertise of a Speech-Language Pathologist to carefully document and assess these vast and inter-related areas. The one thing that is important to understand is that such a child may seem highly verbal and intelligent, but be unable to use effective communication skills in various social situations, speech may be stilted, the child may talk about only their own interests, eye gaze may be impaired and social reciprocity may be lacking.

Because a child with Asperger Syndrome can talk clearly and sometimes quite often, communication issues can sometimes be neglected or never fully described, yet these are the very problems that can cause the most anxiety for the child because they can create social problems. Pragmatic language is that area of language which encompasses the following skills. (from Social Language Use- Pragmatics, information for the public, American Speech-Language hearing Association, 2011)

An individual may say words clearly and use long, complex sentences with correct grammar, but still have a communication problem - if he or she has not mastered the rules for social language known as pragmatics . Adults may also have difficulty with pragmatics, for example, as a result of a brain injury or stroke.

Pragmatics involve three major communication skills:

* Using language for different purposes, such as
  * greeting (e.g., hello, goodbye)
  * informing (e.g., I'm going to get a cookie)
  * demanding (e.g., Give me a cookie)
  * promising (e.g., I'm going to get you a cookie)
  * requesting (e.g., I would like a cookie, please)

* Changing language according to the needs of a listener or situation, such as
  * talking differently to a baby than to an adult
  * giving background information to an unfamiliar listener
  * speaking differently in a classroom than on a playground

* Following rules for conversations and storytelling, such as
   * taking turns in conversation
   * introducing topics of conversation
   * staying on topic
   * rephrasing when misunderstood
   * how to use verbal and nonverbal signals
   * how close to stand to someone when speaking
   * how to use facial expressions and eye contact

These rules may vary across cultures and within cultures. It is important to understand the rules of your communication partner.

An individual with pragmatic problems may:
* say inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations
* tell stories in a disorganized way
* have little variety in language use

It is not unusual for children to have pragmatic problems in only a few situations. However, if problems in social language use occur often and seem inappropriate considering the child's age, a pragmatic disorder may exist. Pragmatic disorders often coexist with other language problems such as vocabulary development or grammar. Pragmatic problems can lower social acceptance. Peers may avoid having conversations with an individual with a pragmatic disorder.

Aspects of pragmatic language difficulty can also accompany a general communication problem simply because talking happens in a social context. It is vitally important that children be seen by a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist if there are concerns regarding any communication difficulty.

Carol Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP, BCET is a licensed and credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Educational Therapist.  Kate Murphy, MA Psychology, ET is a School Psychologist and Educational Therapist with extensive training in behavioral interventions.  Carol and Kate practice in Aptos. For more information, please visit them at carolmurphy.org

 

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  Squash - Just Off the Vine!

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If you have a garden in your backyard, I am sure you are more than aware of the fact that it's squash season. Most likely you are being bombarded with an over abundance of squash. Well, if you don't have a garden, not to fear, that's what we're here, we have plenty of squash in our produce departments straight from the backyards of our valued farmers. Now the questions becomes - which one? Again, that's what we're here for...

Gold Bar is a soft skinned, bright yellow zucchini variety with a tender white flesh. Its waxy ridged exterior is mildly sweet.

Eight Ball is a hybrid zucchini variety with a round shape that is ideal for stuffing. Shiny speckled green skin with creamy white flesh. Firm texture with a mild taste.

Crookneck has a firm, smooth yellow skin and is curved at the neck. Its creamy white flesh takes on a mild buttery flavor.

Costatata Romanesca is a flute shaped Italian heirloom variety with tender grey- green skin and raised ridges. a highly unique nutty rich flavor. Definitely a favorite in our departments.

Ronde de Nice is an heirloom zucchini variety from the south of france. Round in shape and green with white speckling. Tender and fine flavored Ronde de Nice is great for stuffing.

Patty Pan is small in size, with a rounded shallow shape and scalloped edges. The Patty Pan almost resembles a flying saucer. The tender flesh is mildly sweet and buttery with a slight hint of artichoke. It is typically available in both green and white-skinned varieties, while the yellow variety is more commonly known as "sunburst."

Stuffed Zucchini with rice, Basil, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

4 zucchinis (either eight Ball or Ronde de Nice)
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
2 Tablespoons slivered almonds
1 cup basil leaves, chopped
5 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Cut zucchini tops off about 3/4 inch from the top. scoop out the insides,  leave a wall about 1/4 inch thick on all sides. steam zucchini and tops until slightly softened, about 8 minutes.

Rehydrate the sun-dried tomatoes by soaking them in hot water until softened. Remove and chop. Reserve soaking water. Chop the zucchini pulp. spray a non-stick skillet lightly with olive oil. Over medium-high heat, sauté the garlic for about 1 minute. Add the zucchini pulp and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, brown rice and almonds, and if the mixture seems dry, add a splash of the tomato liquid. add the basil leaves, Kalamata olives, and black pepper to taste. Cook until warm, about 3 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Using a spoon, carefully stuff the rice mixture into the zucchini, mounding slightly on top. Place in an uncovered baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. serve hot, covered with tops if desired.

 

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