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Autism or ASD is a complicated neurodevelopmental condition that causes difficulties with social interaction and favors in following strict routines and expected patterns. Typically, the signs appear in early childhood, generally between 12 to 18 months. But diagnosis may not occur until later, especially if symptoms are elusive. Now the real question arises whether there is a cure for autism or not? Most experts agree that there is no cure for autism. However, when autism research started to accelerate a couple of decades ago, many scientists thought finding a cure might be easier. Now, the latest scientific researches show that there is no single cure, but there are numerous ways to help autistic children lead healthier and happier lives.
Several medical and mental-health issues frequently accompany autism spectrum disorder and some medications can help children with related symptoms. These include:
The different types of treatments can generally be broken down into the following categories:
There are also many different types of therapies available that can serve as the best option for your child. For example, occupational therapy, discrete trial training, sensory integration therapy, speech therapy, vitamin therapy, facilitated communication, music therapy, physical therapy, and the picture exchange communication system. Among all these most renowned and effective are the following:
It teaches skills that can help your child live as independently as possible for example: the skills of dressing, eating, bathing, and performing other daily chores.
It can help to improve your child’s communication skills. Some children can learn verbal communication skills while for others, using gestures or picture boards is a more practical choice.
It can help your child deal with sensory information, like sights, sounds, and smells. It’s most effective on children who are bothered by certain sounds or does not like to be touched.
This is another visual-based therapy, but it uses symbols instead of picture cards. Your child learns to ask questions and communicate through special picture symbols.
The parent’s reaction when they first hear of their child’s diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is almost same. Their first question is whether or not their condition will go away with time. Everyone needs hope and no one likes to deliver disappointing news. Usually, children diagnosed because of mild behavioral signs and symptoms can recover after a few years of therapy. For example, they may be developing language or social skills slowly but still have strong ability to organize their world. Eventually, often they no longer fit the diagnosis. The study found this in about 3 percent of cases. But such research is only exploratory and not definitive.
While there is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder, several treatment options are available that can help your autistic child in navigating daily situations and build skills. You should find a supportive team of professionals to help you and your child steer through this journey. The more you learn, the more empowered you will be to make wise decisions for your child and your family.