Early diagnosis and treatment is very important, so that children would develop to their full potential and better overall ability to function. Symptoms of autism can vary in severity and often change over time; that is why strategies for treatment are tailored according to individual needs. Generally, children with ASD respond best to specialized treatment with a program that addresses improving communication, behavioral, social, learning and adaptive aspects of the kid’s life.
Behavioral training uses self- help, social skills training and positive reinforcement to improve communication and behavior. There are many types of treatment including Treatment & Education of Autistic Children, Sensory Integration and Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Specialized therapies include physical, speech and occupational therapy, and these therapies are very significant in managing autism and should be included in the treatment program. Speech therapy can help the autistic child improve social and language skills for a more effective communication. Physical and occupational therapy help improve any deficiencies in motor skills and coordination. Occupational therapy also helps the autistic child learn to process information in more manageable ways.
Medicines are used to treat related conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behavior and hyperactivity. Sleep problems are common among people with autism, and they are usually treated by keeping a routine such as a set bed and wake time, and the doctor may prescribe medicine as a last resort.
Researchers have not yet discovered a way to prevent autism. There are stories linking childhood vaccines and autism, and this causes a public concern that has persisted. Nevertheless, many studies have failed to show any evident link between MMR vaccine and autism.
If you prevent vaccinating your children, you put your children and those around at risk of serious diseases. Alternative therapies such as auditory integration training have circulated in the media, and if you are thinking about any of them, you need to find out whether the studies are scientifically sound and about the source of information.