Treatment Options

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Treatment Options 2016-11-07T00:03:14+00:00

How is Autism Treated?

quetionmarkIt is important to remember first that autism is a spectrum disorder. As such, there is no one size-fits-all autism treatment, therapy, intervention or coping strategy.

Therapies and behavioral interventions are designed to remedy specific symptoms and can bring about substantial improvement. The ideal treatment plan coordinates therapies, interventions and coping strategies that meet the specific individual needs of children and adults.

Most health care professionals agree that when possible, the earlier the intervention, the better.  That being said, not everyone is diagnosed at an early age. Many, especially those with Asperger Syndrome may not be diagnosed until later in life. As this is a lifelong condition, there is an opportunity to learn and implement lifelong strategies.

Educational and Behavioral Interventions: There are a variety of strategies and interventions that fall into this category. Therapists use highly structured and intensive skill-oriented training sessions to help children develop social and language skills, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis. Family counseling for the parents and siblings of children with an ASD often helps families cope with the particular challenges of living with a child with an ASD.

Medications: Doctors may prescribe medications for treatment of specific autism-related symptoms or co-conditions such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Antipsychotic medications may used to treat severe behavioral problems. Seizures can be treated with one or more anticonvulsant drugs. Medication used to treat people with attention deficit disorder can be used effectively to help decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Other therapies: There are a number of controversial therapies or interventions available, but few, if any, are supported by scientific studies. Parents should use caution before adopting any unproven treatments. Although dietary interventions have been helpful in some children, parents should be careful that their child’s nutritional status is carefully followed.

Disclaimer: Autism Empowerment provides this information for reference as a free service to help you expand your knowledge. It is not a replacement to consulting trained professionals.  It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis or to recommend or reject a specific form of treatment. Please perform due diligence as you explore potential therapies, coping strategies or interventions. Thank you!