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Thismodel was developed to show how the development of the children withthe disorder can lead to significant positive change in the lives offamilies and their children with developmental disorder. The overallgoal is to allow parents to place their children in local communityresidences, staffed and maintained by the Department of Education andearly childhood developments program, which would give parents therelief of the hardship and the expense of care-taking of their childunder this conditions.
Adisorder which affects how the brain work or processes information iscalled Asperger syndrome. This syndrome is discovered in the earlychildhood stages and remains throughout the person’s life withdifferent stages of disability (Gomez, 2011).
Aperson with Asperger disorder displays different set of social skillsand emotional and a wide range of behaviors hence it is one of theautism spectrum disorders (ASD).Two affected individuals cannotdisplay the same set of behavior .Some people will demonstrate oddcharacter from their peers while other will show others will appearcompletely different from their age mates.Most people show skills andcharacter that is in line with their age mates.
Backin the old days, people with Asperger were considered awkward andwere misdiagnosed with psychiatric disorder patients. They wereconsidered unstable and unsocial. Most people were admitted inpsychiatric hospitals and wards. In 1994, the syndrome was recognizedand considered as a developmental disorder.
Families of the affected children
Families of Asperger disorder
Department of Education and other programs
Community as a whole
Department of Education and other programs Funding
Training the children to learn better communication skill
Meet with Department of Education and other programs to discuss the training and funding of the project
Selected for agency residence
Affected patients move into the selected training institution
Request funding to develop local residence for children
Hire & train the parents and guardians staff
Approve funding for the affected children & adults
Funding used for individual consumer expenses
Used to pay specialists
Family receive requisite support services
Family participates in training programs
The patients receive assistance in language skills and other skills.
Selected training institutions are opened & staffed
specialists develops training programs
Scheduled activities continue per the program
The Department of education survey and write reports.
Parents increase knowledge & advocacy skills
Family is relieved of caretaking.
Consumers live with peers in safe, supportive environment
Consumers make progress as per programs goals & objectives
Residence is regularly inspected & well-maintained
Specialists follow agency protocols and provide appropriate care
Children are integrated into community through social events & activities.
Meet state regulations
Parents have greater availability for employment
Expenses are reduced
Consumers & staff develop positive relations
Level of capability increases as goals & objectives are reached
Department of education is reviewed every years and modified as needed
The community becomes flagship model
Community residents & neighbors show informal support & acceptance
Maintain compliance annually
Improved quality of life
Peace of mind knowing that children are being cared for properly.
Enhanced relationship between family members & consumer
Consumers are thriving and acquiring skills that promote self-care and independence
More residences for children are developed based on this model as funding becomes available
The program serves to promote the awareness of the disorder
Consumers are seen as valued members of the community
Thefeasibility of the program for Developmental Disabilities ispresented by the program logic model in the figure above. This moreexplicit representation was developed in five steps. The desiredimpact was taken from the figure and further expanded to specify thedesired impacts for the individual and community specifically,improvement in quality of living and access to community resourcesfor clients and education or awareness for the community.
Achild with Asperger syndrome portals normal behaviors but at time thecharacter changes. In small infants it is hard to notice since smallchildren portray different behaviors. In some children the behaviorschanges frequently and most times .The pattern for each child isdifferent and it is hard to keep track. Most of the children with thedisorder will portray character related to autism. Autism affectschild’s fundamental language skills and will affect the childperformance in school or intelligence (Attwood, 2007). Children withAsperger syndrome will show no language delay have a better languageskill and will be of average in intelligence.
Peoplewith Asperger syndrome will face some difficulties in the socialworld like making friends and interacting with other people. In kidsthe children affected will prefer to play with older people or attime prefer to play alone (Gomez et al, 2011). The people affectedwill have difficulty in telling stories, remembering some importantdates like their birthday or some important events. They may havedifficulty in understanding other people especially when it comes tojokes and sarcasm. However, they may be able to talk in detail abouta topic that interests them. In general they have good languageskills but they have difficulty in expressing themselves at times.Most children may interrupt others when they are interacting withthem. They may not allow other children to communicate or play withtheir toys.
Peoplewith Asperger syndrome may have difficulty in understanding emotionsor reading body language. They may interpret things literal like whenthey are told to get lost they may might be baffled and leavecompletely. The children with the disorder may force other people todo what they want and failure to honor it they may be subjected toanger and aggression. The behavior may change from normal to odd thento difficult and aggression. The children with the disorder may havelittle interest in normal things since they have narrow field ofinterest.
Theration of Asperger syndrome in male to female is eight to one.According to the world Health Organization most men have the disorderas compared to the number of women. Girls are better learners andthey quickly adjust to the social environment than boys. Girls areable to cover their conditions quickly than men.
Peoplewith the disorder my portray excellence in other fields of interest.They may specialize in a certain field and perform very well. Some ofthe fields include playing instruments, driving and computers. Mostof the people affected they may show commitment and dedication to thefield of interest. The children may perform better in school with theright attention and guidance (Stanford, 2003). The only difficultthey may get is expressing themselves and recalling some valuableinformation. However, they may extensively remember crucialinformation in their field of interest.
Thecause of the syndrome is not clear. Most people believe thattelevision, junk food, childhood environment, tantrums and childhoodgrowth may be the cause. Research has indicated that the syndrome iscaused by a neurological and generic cause. This means in some familywith children affected, there are other members affected before or atthe same time.
Peoplewith the syndrome can be diagnosed by a team of psychologist andother specialist like the speech pathologist (Gomez, 2011). Thespecialist will shape the social and emotional abilities. They willalso help in helping in movement skills, learning abilities andspeech. The children are not restricted in attending school, churchor other social events. The assessment can be carried done at home inschool and at the hospital.
Inconclusion, there is no cure for the disorder nor can a specifictreatment for the syndrome. However, a person undergo training toshape their language and social skills. When detected in early stagesof childhood, a specialist can help shape the child behavior .Thefamily can also obtain help, funding and support from the disabilityservices program such as the Department of Education and earlychildhood developments program .The program was set up to helpchildren with disabilities (Frith, 2006). The program can also helpfriends and family to understand the disorder and plan for changesand routines. These will help the family manage stress and help theminteract with the affected person.
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