1. Why is it important to know if you have Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)?
People with AS often say that it helps them to know why they have spent years feeling “different” from other people. Families report that they are relieved to better understand the person as well. The choice of treatments may be affected, and other problems may be reinterpreted in light of an AS diagnosis.
2. How can I tell if I or my family member has AS?
Although a simple checklist of symptoms might suggest that a person has AS, a careful evaluation by an expert in this area is needed to determine this with certainty. A thorough investigation of the person’s history and current behavior is needed, including psychological testing to identify other disorders that could also be present.
3. If I go to the clinic, what will happen?
Every new patient is seen first for an initial evaluation that takes about 1.5 – 2 hours. At the end of the initial evaluation, you will be given recommendations for the next step. If needed, in-depth testing will be done at a separate appointment. Once a picture of your needs is obtained, treatment options can be discussed with you.
4. What treatments are available?
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for persons with AS. They may need help in any number of areas, such as personal relationships, mood or anxiety disorders, work-related issues, educational needs, and life transitions. Both psychosocial treatments and medication are available depending on individual needs and preferences. Individual therapy can help to resolve emotional problems and develop new skills. The C.L.A.S.S. Adult Life and Young Adult Life Personal Growth Groups can be helpful in addressing the life issues that affect both persons with AS and their families.
5. How can I make an appointment for C.L.A.S.S.? How can I find out more? If I go, what will happen?
The first step is to contact the UTHealth C.L.A.S.S. Clinic to discuss your needs. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 713-486-2587. Every new patient is seen first for an initial evaluation that takes about 1.5 hours. After the initial evaluation, often the next step is in-depth testing that will be done at a separate appointment. Once a picture of your needs is obtained, treatment options can be discussed with you. For appointments call the clinic registration desk at 713-486-2666.
6. Do you accept Insurance?
Insurance is accepted; the registration desk (713-486-2666) can discuss costs and insurance with you.