How is Autism Treated?

Being unique each child and adult with autism requires a special intervention plan to meet each specific needs. The intervention plan typically includes behavioral and medicine treatments. It is notable that people with autism usually have medical conditions such as seizures, sleep disturbance, and GI distress. According to Medicure Research Professionals, addressing these conditions can also help in autism treatment in order to enhance learning, attention and related behaviors.

Intensive behavioral intervention includes the entire family of a child and a team of specialists, working together to achieve the best results. The therapist will organize parent training, where the new leading therapy sessions will be discussed. In some cases, in the terms of an early intervention programs, therapists come to your home to provide the necessary services.

Is There a Cure?

Although there is still no “known” cure for autism, that doesn’t mean that nothing can be done for a person with autism. The word “treatment’ here is used in a very limited sense.

General treatments include nonmedical interventions, communication, biomedical and other treatments like diet modification, taking minerals and vitamins, immune system regulations, gut treatments, and others.

The treatment plan is usually based on a thorough examination of child’s weaknesses and strengths. A search of an appropriate treatment should be prepared according the fact that all treatment approaches are not equal: what is good for one person, shouldn’t work for all.

Basically different supports and treatments can be used as a child develops his learning and social skills. For example when child with autism enters school, he may attend specialized social skills training.

Adolescents who have autism can take advantage from transition services that lead to successful and healthy maturation, independence and employment opportunities.

Below you can find a list of the main interventional methods developed by researchers for people having autism:

  • The child gets at least 25 hours of well-structured, therapeutic activities per week
  • The therapy is guided by well-defined, specific learning aims. Then the specialists evaluate and record the child’s progress in meeting the objectives.
  • A basic program usually provides a child with opportunity to interact with other developing peers
  • The intervention covers general areas affected by autism. These are language and communication, social and play skills, imitation, motor and daily living skills.
  • Parents are actively engaged in the intervention program, helping to achieve the treatment goals

  • The therapy means involving different specialists (if needed). These can be physician, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologist.