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How is Autistic Spectrum Disorder Treated?

Currently, there is no known cure for Autistic Spectrum Disorders; however, there are a range of interventions that are effective in improving a variety of skills of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Early intervention is crucial and highly beneficial for individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The earlier intervention is put in place for individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the better the outcome will be.

The management and treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders require a multi-disciplinary team input ensuring that all the individual's needs are met. A range of professionals are often involved in the treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, these can include:

There is no single treatment that is the best intervention for all individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders; treatment choice will be dependent on the areas of difficulty and symptoms experienced. Programmes that are highly structured and individualised tend to have the best outcomes.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders are a lifelong condition and therefore the type of support and intervention required will change as the individual develops and ages. It is vital to provide individuals and their families with strategies to help reduce the impact of symptoms, to help enhance their quality of life.

Treatment options will be individualised, but may include the following:

  • Behavioural Therapy - Behavioural management therapy can help to reinforce appropriate behaviours whilst reducing unwanted behaviours
  • Speech and Language Therapy - Can help individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders to communicate and interact with others effectively
  • Occupational Therapy - can provide adjustments to tasks to match the individuals' needs and abilities. Interventions to overcome sensory problems may also be provided
  • Physiotherapy - to help build and develop motor control, whilst improving posture and balance
  • Medication - there is currently no medication that can cure Autistic Spectrum Disorders, but medication may be provided to treat some of the symptoms associated with the disorder
  • Educational support - due to the nature of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, individuals may need more support in a school setting
  • Educating the individual, their family/carers and anyone involved in teaching them about Autistic Spectrum Disorders is vital to enhance their understanding of the condition and its associated symptoms

Treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders is extremely beneficial in helping individuals to function to the best of their ability in their everyday lives. There are a variety of treatment options available to help individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, each treatment will be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the individual with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and will aim to maximise their quality of life.

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