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Is Autism Treatable?

By Catherine | 26 April 2013

Is Autism Treatable?

We live in a time where anything seems possible, but when it comes to ASD and autism, one question remains: is it treatable

Customized Autism Therapy

It is widely accepted that early intervention improves the quality of life of an autistic child. Initiating these early intervention autism therapies prevents the progressive debilitation of autism or ASD and also helps the child have a normal life. The autism intervention therapy varies from individual to individual, customized to supplement, deliver, and redefine normalcy in the lives of many ASD-affected individuals.

Therapy Plan

Children with autism often suffer from other health issues, like sleep disturbances, seizures, and gastrointestinal disorders. Early autism interventions are not centered on medical therapy alone, but are a complete plan including behavioral therapy, supportive therapeutic therapy, and psycho-social rehabilitation. 

A Cure

A progressive study observed that 38% of individuals who were diagnosed as autistic do not have or are no longer deemed autistic after autistic interventions. These autistic interventions act as a three-prong solution by providing educational, medicinal, and behavioral therapy to cure the signs and symptoms of ASD.

Autism Behavioral Therapy Models

The well-accepted and renowned models for early interventional therapy for autism are:

  • Lovaas Model based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

  • The Early Start Denver Model

Other commonly endorsed behavioral therapies are:

  • Floortime

  • Pivotal Response Therapy 

  • Verbal Behavior Therapy

Step-By-Step Approach to Treat Autism in Early Childhood

The child receives well-structured indepth therapeutic activities for at least 25 hours per week by highly trained therapists. 

Well-trained paraprofessionals may assist with the intervention under the supervision of an experienced professional with expertise in autism therapy.

The intervention therapy is guided by specific and well-defined learning objectives. Just the same, the child’s progress in meeting these objectives is regularly evaluated and recorded. It focuses on the core areas affected by autism, such as social skills, language and communication, imitation, play skills, daily living, and motor skills.

The program provides the child with opportunities to interact with similarly affected peers, and actively engages parents in the intervention, both in decision-making and the delivery of treatment. The therapists highlight their respect for the unique needs, values, and perspectives of the child and his or her family. The program involves a multidisciplinary team that includes, as needed, a physician, speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.

It is pure myth that autism cannot be treated or that autistic individuals cannot lead a normal life or try doing so. With an ideal autism intervention therapy suiting to the needs and requirements of the child, your child has a very high chance of living a normal life. In 38% of cases, the ASD affected individual has been declared autism-free after undergoing the necessary autism intervention therapy. Earliest intervention is key.

photo credit: Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. via photopin cc

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