The Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) has released to the public a free, downloadable mini ebook on the development of Asperger’s in young adults for parents and clinical professionals working with this population.
Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 03, 2015
Asperger’s disorder, also referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), categorized at the higher functioning end of the spectrum. The prevalence of children born with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is approximately one in eighty-eight children, with seventy-five percent of these falling into the category of Asperger’s or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD/NOS).
The free downloadable ebook, “Asperger’s: A Developmental Approach” by Robert Fischer, M.D., psychiatrist and Executive Director at OPI, offers insights into this largely misunderstood diagnosis, including what it means to be “on the spectrum,” and how Asperger’s can cause failure to launch issues for adolescents transitioning into young adulthood.
Optimum Performance Institute provides residential and intensive outpatient day treatment programs to young men and women ages 17-28 with a variety of mental health diagnoses including Asperger’s disorder.
The suffering endured by young adults with Asperger’s can be considerable and often presents as failure to launch issues particularly connected with academia and social development. Both areas present added challenges to those who experience isolation and alienation due to socially awkward behaviors characteristic of Asperger’s. Intensive, clinically sophisticated intervention is often needed to ensure a successful transition to the next stage in development.
Dr. Fischer began practicing psychiatry over thirty years ago and offers valuable insights into the shifts in perceptions of Asperger’s as well as the scientific and clinical community’s neurologic and biologic understanding of the disorder as they have evolved over the past three decades. Having had the opportunity to follow patients for many years, Dr. Fischer’s ebook offers a unique, first-hand vantage point on the development of Asperger’s as observed from early childhood throughout young adulthood, including the common red flags around cognitive, social, and motor developments.
Dr. Fischer notes, “It all starts in childhood. The basic developmental demands of children fall into different developmental lines, meaning we develop on multiple planes: our motor systems – both fine and gross – our systems of communication, language, perception, balance, connectedness, and relatedness. When children are not developing within certain lines that have been established as normal for one’s age, whether they be cognitive, social, or motor, we’d like to know why, and more importantly, how to help them. “
“Asperger’s: A Developmental Approach,” is informative as well as empathetic and encouraging to parents of young adults with this disorder. “The miracle of who we are is that children who are many years behind in a particular area of development can pick up a year or two of sometimes in as little as six months. The resiliency of the human psyche and mind during these younger years is quite remarkable,” Dr. Fischer writes.
In just under twenty-five hundred words, this free ebook is a concise, informative educational resource. It is currently available for download on Smashwords and will become available in the coming weeks on Amazon, Apple, and other major online ebook retailers. To download the free ebook “Asperger’s: A Developmental Approach” by Robert Fischer, M.D., go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/501834.
OPI is located in the Los Angeles area in Woodland Hills, CA and is accredited by JCAHO, the national Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Young adults and their parents interested in learning more about Optimum Performance Institute’s therapeutic programs for young adults can contact OPI at http://www.optimumperformanceinstitute.com/contact/ or by calling Shannon Hagen at 888-558-0617.