How Is Autism Treated?



It is natural to want to get started on a treatment plan when you learn that your child is Autistic. Autism is treated in many different ways.  You may worry that it will be necessary to use dangerous medications, but that is not the case. Although it is true that some children need medication, it is also true that not all children need them. Many treatments are available for Autistic children that do not involve prescription medications.  In this article, we will consider some of the different types of treatment plans for Autism.

Medication

Many types of medications are used to treat Autism. Different medications may be used for different problems associated with Autism. Some are prescribed to help deal with the anxiety that Autistic children often experience. Another problem common to many Autistic children is that they have trouble falling asleep. There are medications that can be useful in dealing with this problem. Children with behavioral problems are often given Antipsychotic drugs . Although these medications will not cure the Autism, they can be helpful in dealing with some of its symptoms. Keep in mind, however, that the side effects of some medications can be severe. A child on medication should be closely monitored.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is used as a treatment plan to help the Autistic child learn to be independent. Occupational therapy helps them learn skills they need daily – skills like dressing, or taking a bath.  It helps them will work on fine motor skills and it also teaches the child to use devices that may help them function in daily life. They will learn safety measures for both outside and in the house.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is required for many Autistic children. Physical therapy can often help children who have low muscle tone. The therapists can also work on basic motor skills with younger children. These motor skills can include such things as standing, walking, and rolling. Many Autistic children have other health problems that can also benefit from physical therapy.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy concentrates on helping the Autistic child to learn appropriate behaviors. This will often include a reward system of some type. The children are taught how to act in various social settings. Behavioral therapy is frequently done in the childs home setting. Behavioral therapy also teaches parents ways of dealing with their child’s unwanted behaviors. As an Autistic child learns that good behaviors will be rewarded, and they often will stop some of their unwanted behavior.

Speech Therapy

A common characteristic of Autistic children is that they often find it very difficult to communicate. They usually do not understand non verbal cues well. An Autistic child may not speak at all.  They must be taught other methods for communicating. Autistic children need to learn to interpret body language. Sometimes, a childr with Autism who does not speak can be taught to communicate by signing, or by using pictures.  Speech therapist can also work to help a non verbal child learn to speak.

This is just a quick overview of a few of the many treatment plans available to help a child with Autism. Each child is an individual and it is important to tailor the treatment plan to fit the child.  Certainly, all of these treatment plans will not be required for every child.  The most important consideration is to find a treatment plan that fits and works well for your child. With appropriate treatment your Autistic child can do well.