Asperger’s and anxiety/mood disorders

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by social awkwardness and some traits of autism, such as preference for a fixed routine and an inability to understand social cues. People with Asperger syndrome have normal verbal skills and intelligence, and can often learn how to strengthen their social skills.

An adolescent with Asperger’s may excel in specific areas of interest, such as applied mathematics or computer programming, while finding social and emotional experiences unusually difficult to understand or apply.

Linden Oaks Behavioral Health can help families improve life for adolescents with Asperger’s and anxiety/mood disorders.

Treatment and Aspirations outpatient program

Symptoms of Asperger’s are often unnoticeable to others in times of low stress, and may only be noticeable when stress or demands increase. As a result, the social and emotional needs of the adolescent may be easily overlooked. It may become overwhelming for an adolescent with Asperger’s to manage school and social demands while trying regulate his or her emotions.

To help meet the needs of this underserved group, Linden Oaks offers Aspirations, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents with Asperger syndrome who also struggle with anxiety and mood disorders.

We use a unique blend of therapies to make a difference for the adolescent and his/her family. The program consists of participation in outpatient therapy in the morning (five days a week), while attending afternoon classes at his or her regular school.

To learn more about our Asperger’s programming, call the Linden Oaks Help Line 24/7 at 630-305-5027.