Can Autism Be Cured?


At some point every parent of an Autistic child will ask if Autism can be cured. The answer is that so far no cure has been found for Autism. Some advertisements for books or other products seem to promise a cure for Autism, but don’t be mislead. The real answer to the question “Can Autism be cured?” is “No – there currently is no cure for Autism.” There are, however, a variety of treatments that can make it easier to live with Autism.

Here are some of the things that can help with Autism.

Therapies

There are several types of therapies that can make a big difference in the lives of Autistic children.  Occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, sensory therapy, drug therapy, and play therapy are just some of the types of therapies that can help with Autism.  Many other types of therapy can also help with the treatment of Autism in some cases. Although these therapies will not cure the child’s Autism, they can help them to learn different ways of coping with it.

Alternative Treatments

An increasing number of natural and alternative treatments for Autism are being discovered or developed. Sometimes herbs can be used instead of prescription drugs. Often the herbs will not have the side effects found in regular medicines. Supplementing the child’s diet with vitamins and minerals has been found to help in treating Autism in some cases. The child’s doctor should be kept informed if you decide to use any natural products with your child. Some herbs can interact with prescription medications. Remember using natural alternative treatmens such as vitamis and herbs herbs does not cure Autism. They may be helpful in the treatment of some of the symptoms of Autism, however.

Nutritional Methods

Modifying the diet is a popular way of treating these special needs children who have Autism. Certain foods that can cause sensitivities can be eliminated. Autistic children frequently are sensitive to gluten, dairy products, and artificial dyes. These foods can be removed from the diet.  This method is based on the idea that removing the foods that the child is sensitive to will eliminate or at least reduce the behavior problems. Children can be tested for food allergies. Your child’s doctor can arrange for allergy testing. In this way you can determine if your child could be having behavior issues that are caused by an allergy to some types of food. If so, you will have a better idea of which foods to eliminate from the child’s diet.

Although there is no cure for Autism, there are many treatments that may help with some of the symptoms. It is important to try only one new treatment at a time. This will help you to know if the treatment is helping or not. If you try more than one at a time, it will be harder to determine which one is helping.  Also, be sure to allow plenty of time to be sure if the treatment is working. It is a good idea to wait two or three months before trying to decide if a new treatment is working. It is unlikely that you will find treatments that give results immediately. Be sure to inform the doctor if you are using a treatment involving herbs or vitamins. The doctor needs to be aware of the treatments you are trying. Vitamins and herbs can react with other medicines and cause more problems. Keeping the treatment team be informed and on the same page will likely lead to a more positive outcome for your child.

Remember, you should not waste your money on products that claim to cure Autism. If a cure were available, it would become well known very quickly because many people are interested and looking for ways to help children with Autism.  You should learn all you can about how to help your child by treating the symptoms of Autism. You can help your child to have a better life.