Treatments & Therapies For Autism
Looking for ways to help your child reach their greatest heights despite have ASD? There are some therapies and treatments that can push them towards reaching their fullest potential.
Understanding Your Options
Most parents who learn that their child has ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are shocked, to say the least. One of your immediate thoughts is their future. Just know that autism doesn’t take away a child’s future. Every child has a strength and a weakness, and it is important to identify them.
Many of the treatments for children with ASD help them with acquiring new skills. These treatments can also help them overcome some of the most difficult developmental challenges. While these treatments don’t cure, they do improve the ability to play, socialize, function academically.
It should be noted that not all treatments are effective for each child. It may take time to find the right treatments, and you will definitely have to explore all of your options. You will have to tailor the treatments to the specific needs of your child, and this takes persistence and patience. That is why you explore your options. Once you are familiar with each treatment, it makes it easier to find the right approach.
Different Types of Treatments for ASD
Options for early autism treatments come in a variety of approaches. Some therapies will focus more on reducing problematic behavior while improving communication skills. Other therapies deal more with sensory integration problems, food sensitivity, emotional issues, and motor skills.
With the number of choices you actually have, you need to put in the time to research them. There are treatment experts that you can consult with, and you don’t have to settle with one type of therapy. The combination of treatments is an approach that has proven successful in treating various symptoms. Accommodating the specific needs of the child.
A-List of Different Treatments
• Nutritional Therapy
• Play-based Therapy
• Speech/Language Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
One thing to keep in mind with all of these therapies, routine is vital. Do not start a routine or schedule that you cannot sustain. Here is some information about a few of the available therapies:
Behavior therapy is a treatment that is commonly used for children with ASD. It aims to enforce positive behavior and discourage negative behavior. Techniques used by most behavior therapists is based on ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). ABA helps to establish that line between behaviors and consequences.
Communication is a common struggle in children with ASD. There is the option of speech/language therapy. This can aid in improving the nonverbal and verbal skills of your child. The therapist will use exercises that focus on describing feelings and identifying people and items. There are other exercises that focus more on speech rhythm, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
For children who experience difficulty with physical actions, physical therapy aids in building motor skills. Therapists will focus on coordination, muscle control, posture, and balance to improve the social life of the child.
For everyday skills that help with school and home, occupational therapy is something to focus on. Therapists work on things such as grooming, feeding, and getting dressed. Motor skills are also a focus n occupational therapy.
Nutritional therapy helps those children with autism that have struggled with digestive and bone density issues. Along with that, it isn’t uncommon for children who have autism to be pickier than normal about what they eat. It is sometimes an aversion to flavors, sometimes it is textured, and sometimes it is a mixture of both. If they are picky eaters, their nutritional needs are more vital than you think.
Nutritional Therapists help set up a healthy diet. These specialists will work with your child and you to create a food plan that matches the needs and preferences of the child.
All that said make sure all therapy practices are enforced at home as well. Stick with a routine, always have a schedule, and work with your children every chance you get.