There’s not universal or across-the-board treatment for autism. In addition, people may also have co-occurring medical or mental health issues that also need to be addressed in order to find the best success. So let’s look at an overview and I’ll give you some great links in the notes to some articles from both the CDC and Autism Speaks, that gives a comprehensive list of options:
- Treatment should start as soon as possible. As a parent or loved one, trust your gut. If you are witnessing a lot the symptoms that we talked about in the previous videos then don’t give up until you get the help you need.
- Medication can be a help in the treatment of ASD, but they are not a cure. A person might experience relief from irritability, depression, or hyperactivity with the appropriate medication.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered an evidence-based best practice treatment. It can help with language, communication and social skills, academics, focus, and much more. It will also decrease behavioral problems.
- Occupational therapy helps people with autism focus on play skills, learning strategies, and self-care. OT strategies can also help to manage sensory issues.
- Kids and teens with autism are often bullied and they don’t report it. One studying shows that 60% of kids with disabilities report being bullied while 25% of all student report being bullied.
- Ideological grooming by bored peers who like to push them into extreme thinking. This can be things like communism, racism, extreme religious beliefs or cults. The internet can play a huge roll in this.
As I’ve researched and consulted with counselors for these videos I couldn’t help but think of Proverbs 15:22…
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Let’s take advantage of all the amazing resources out there and find the hope we need for each new day.
If you or a family member have autism, what treatments have helped you the most? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
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Connect to a counselor:
I am so grateful to Licensed Mental Health Counselor Joshua Moore https://neurofeedbackcare.com/ who helped me with information for this series as well as the amazing website www.autismspeaks.org
Recommended Reading for Kids and Parents:
The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome https://www.amazon.com/dp/1849059152/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ABN0Cb7Y8A6N
Resources for Treatment: