There is no single, definitive treatment for individuals with
ASD. There is exciting research that shows early behavioral
interventions help to maximize each child's potential. Early
diagnosis, followed by comprehensive and intensive early
interventions can produce better outcomes for many children with
autism spectrum disorders.
Treatment options include but are NOT limited to:
Early Intervention Programs-offered to those
under the age of 3 funded through either the state or local
government, i.e. First Steps or Tiny K
Early Childhood Special Education-offered to
those ages 3 and up through your local school district.
Behavioral Interventions-programs that teach
children the skills needed for play and communication skills. There
are several different types of Behavioral Interventions and they
can be taught by a therapist or teacher.
- Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related
Communication-handicapped Children (TEACCH)
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- Floor-time or Developmental, individual-difference,
Communication Interventions- interventions
should aim at increasing the child's level of communication by
either verbal output or non-verbal means of communication (Picture
Exchange Communication System or electronic communication
Sensory-motor Interventions-helps the child
integrate sensory input from the child's surroundings with their
own muscles and body position.
Non-Traditional or Alternative Interventions
These interventions are not studied scientifically and research
may not support the use of these therapies. Please discuss the use
of any of these interventions with your practitioner prior to
starting any alternative treatment.
Nutritional Supplements-are not monitored by
the Food and Drug Administration and no studies have been done to
look for toxic effects from long-term use in young children.
Dietary Changes-some families believe a
gluten/casein free diet help with symptoms of ASD.
Prescription or Over-the-Counter
medicines-currently there is no medicine approved by the
Food and Drug Administration to be used specifically for treatment
of ASD. Medications are sometimes used to treat specific symptoms
commonly found in individuals with ASD.
Auditory integration training-children are
conditioned to tolerate certain sounds by listening to filtered
music in a sound booth.
**These were taken from Understanding Autism Spectrum
Disorders (ASDs), by the American Academy of Pediatrics,