The Treatment of Autism
Treatment of Autism
As of 2020, no cure has been developed for autism. However, treatment during the early stages of autism can make a big difference in a child’s development. Therefore, it is important to see your physician at the earliest signs that your child might have autism spectrum disorder.
When it comes to autism, it is essential to note that what works for autism patients varies. Therefore, the ideal treatment for one individual may not be ideal for another. Your child’s autism treatment should be tailored to them. The two main types of autism treatment are discussed below.
Communication and behavioral therapy to help with organization and structure. One of these treatments is Applied Behavior analysis which discourages negative behavior and encourages positive behavior. Occupational therapy can improve life skills such as relating to people, dressing, and eating. Sensory integration therapy may be helpful to a child with sound or sights problems or being touched. Communication skills can be improved through speech therapy.
Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder such as anxiety, attention problems, or hyperactivity can be managed through the use of special medication.
If you are considering trying something different such as a special diet to manage your child’s autism, it is essential that you consult a doctor first.
Effects of Autism
For people living with autism, the normative problems associated with adulthood transition are made worse by the several challenges unique to autism. Adulthood often involves relational, residential, occupational, and educational transitions and the development of identity formation and new roles. Such transitions can be quite stressful for people with autism and their families since challenges dealing with change is part of autism’s behavioral phenotype, and autism’s heterogeneity may make it hard for families to have clear future expectations. Families of autism patients also have to deal with challenges resulting from service system changes following exit from high school, which adds to the stress involved in supporting your child’s transition to adulthood.
Past studies have shown that mothers of autistic children experience high anxiety during their children’s adolescence as they begin to anticipate their children’s transition from school and start to get concerned about the future. However, in many instances, the increased level of concern among parents of autistic children is merited. There is a substantial decrease in services available for individuals living with autism as they exist in the school system. In many cases the services prospects are bleak, involving fewer opportunities for independence, as well as long waiting lists. As individuals living with autism transition into adulthood, they face challenges accessing therapy and insurance coverage. There is a high rate of unemployment among adults living with autism.