Autism is a condition that affects people differently. Because of this, there are many treatment options for autism. The only problem which arises from this abundance of treatment is knowing which treatment will work best for who. However, the good thing with basically all of the available autism treatments is that they can be tailored to fit almost everyone.
Treatments for autism can generally be classified into 3 groups’ i.e.
- Behavioral and educational therapies
- Medications, Supplements, and Diet
- Animal-Assisted Interventions
Though different treatments work differently for people with autism, research has concluded that there is one denominator which applies uniformly to all and that is early intervention. In order to give your child the best possible life, it is imperative that you know his/her condition at an early stage. Knowing the condition that your kid has will help you in looking for ‘right’ treatment which will work for him/her.
Common treatment which is universally applied by all parents or medical practitioners to their autistic children is behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy includes therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, sensory based therapies, floor time and pivotal response training and social skills intervention. The only way that a parent can be able to help the child is if an early diagnosis was conducted to ascertain in which areas the child needs urgent attention.
Educational therapies mainly relate to social skills intervention. Social skills are crucial to a child’s developmental needs and it is the responsibility of educational institutions (kindergartens, preschools) to help autistic children develop these skills so they can find their place in society, raise their self-esteem and acquire the much-needed support base from the community as a whole.
There are many clinical treatments for autism symptoms and condition. Most common prescriptive drugs that people with autism takes target the brain. This is because autism mostly manifests itself through neurological problems such as behavioral issues, mood disturbances, and seizures. There are also antipsychotic drugs for those individuals who exhibit dangerous behavior or who have been diagnosed with or showed tendencies of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and hallucinations among other mental health disorders. Types of antipsychotic drugs for autistic people include clozapine, olanzapine, ziprasidone, and chlorpromazine. Besides the brain, the gastrointestinal tract is also targeted for medication as many autistic people tend to have problems with their gastrointestinal tract.
Food affects the body hence people with autism need to pay close attention to their diet. Though autism conditions differ from one person to another hence differing dietary considerations. However, no matter which symptoms one has, every family needs to make sure that they eliminate the following when preparing a meal for a person with autism; grains, lactose, sucrose, too much sugar, yeast, and most importantly casein found in milk (if possible eliminate milk and all its by-products from all your meals). For those having speech and language problems, it is advisable to include large doses of Vitamin B6 and magnesium foods as these reportedly improve speech and language in children.
Animal-assisted interventions have been found to be extremely beneficial to people living with autism. Animal therapy has been found to lessen sensory sensitivity, reduce stereotyped behavior and aid in the development of social skills. Animal-assisted interventions help both the physical and psychological well-being of an autistic person.
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