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Understanding treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children

Monday, April 28, 2014

A diagnosis of autism doesn't have to be a scary thing. With the help of a qualified professional and the right treatment for autism spectrum disorder, all children can enjoy greater happiness and success.

Early Intervention Strategies Yield The Greatest Success:

As Wendy L. Stone discusses in her article, often the best decision in the treatment for autism spectrum disorder is to get children involved in the right kinds of special education early. Children from all ends of the spectrum from severe to mild all benefit overall from early special education and reap the benefits for the rest of their lives. During this time, early correctable problems can be easily handled and the right test can be administered to see what special requirements the children need to succeed.

Learning To Communicate With Others, Continuing Education:

While with well implemented early education all children with autism will experience a degree of improvement, appropriate special education classes continued into adolescence and early adulthood is a common and effective treatment for autism spectrum disorder.

These kinds of classes can range anywhere from teaching young adults and teenagers with autism how to better communicate with their peers in school and socialize, to patient guidance from a committed mentor to help a young adult one day be self-sufficient.

Medication and Autism:

While there is no pharmaceutical cure for autism, there are however medications that treat a variety of disorders that children with autism are more prone to than other kids.

GI Disorders: Such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, and upset stomach.

Sleep Disorders: Some children need pharmaceutical assistance or other supplemental assistance such as: valerian root or melatonin to sleep and maintain their health. 

Epilepsy: One of the more serious correlated symptoms, the doctor might prescribe medication depending on the severity of the seizures.

Attention Deficit Disorder: Medicating ADD is often necessary to help an otherwise high function autistic child reach their full potential.

Anxiety Disorders: Medication can help with generalized anxiety and panic attacks.

OCD: Medication can help reduce compulsion and obsessions.

Are There Any Permanent Treatments?

There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, though according to Autism Speaks, a small minority of individuals with the diagnosis have been know to test again and be placed just off the spectrum. While there are multiple theories about this, one well supported belief is that with an early accurate and thorough diagnosis and intervention and the right support, children with Autism can become high functioning adults. 

Early, intensive long-term intervention is an autistic child's best hope to learn new skills, improve behavior, and strengthen areas of weakness.  A wait and see approach with autism is futile.  Concerned about your child?  Take an online self-assessment or schedule an initial consultation today.