Aspergers Disorder is also known as high functioning autism. Its central component is a relative lack of an intuitive ability to read and react to social situations.
Individuals with Asperger's Disorder differ in the degree their disorder affects their ability to navigate socially. Thus, some individuals with characteristics of this disorder may function relatively well socially, while others may struggle a great deal in their relationships.
Marriages can be strongly affected when a marital partner has characteristics of this disorder.
Don Lawson, Ph.D., psychologist, and Mary Kay Lawson, L.I.S.W.,clinical social worker, have enjoyed helping adults learn more effective coping strategies and emotional responses to life's stressors and challenges for more than 20 years. They look forward to providing caring, effective help to adults who are motivated to develop, or to enhance, their ability to cope with life's challenges.
Dr. Don Lawson has provided effective, problem and solution focused couples therapy for more than 20 years. In couples therapy, the therapeutic alliance is with the couple's relationship, rather than with either individual.
Adolescent and Child Therapy
Although boys are as likely as girls to experience some disorders, such as depression, depression in female adolescents and adults surpasses depression in males significantly. Some behavioral disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder, are more common in boys than in girls. As a rule of thumb, the earlier the therapeutic intervention, the less likely a problem in childhood or adolescence will become a source of major difficulties in adulthood.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) affects an estimated three to five percent of the population. It includes problems with inattention (difficulty focusing upon relevant information), hyperactivity (excessive body movements), and impulsiveness (acting without thinking).
The symptoms of A.D.H.D. (inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness) may occur all together, or in different combinations, such as only inattention, or inattention and impulsiveness, or hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Although hyperactivity and impulsiveness are most associated with behavioral problems, inattention is most responsible for problems in learning.
Dr. Don Lawson has specialized in the assessment and treatment of A.D.H.D. for more than 20 years. Effective treatments and interventions exist for children, adolescents and adults with A.D.H.D.