Autism - Topic Overview
Treatment for autism involves
special behavioral training. Behavioral training rewards good behavior
(positive reinforcement) to teach children social skills and to teach them how
to communicate and how to help themselves as they grow older.
With early treatment, most children with autism learn to relate better to
others. They learn to communicate and to help themselves as they grow
Depending on the child, treatment may also include such
things as speech therapy or physical therapy. Medicine is sometimes used to
treat problems such as depression or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
Exactly what type of treatment your child needs depends on the symptoms,
which are different for each child and may change over time. Because people
with autism are so different, something that helps one person may not help
another. So be sure to work with everyone involved in your child's
education and care to find the best way to manage symptoms.
An important part of your child's treatment plan is
making sure that other family members get training about autism and how to
manage symptoms. Training can reduce family stress and help your child function
better. Some families need more help than others.
of every kind of help you can find. Talk to your doctor about what help is
available where you live. Family, friends, public agencies, and autism
organizations are all possible resources.
- Plan breaks. The daily demands of caring for a
child with autism can take their toll. Planned breaks will help the whole
- Get extra help when your child gets older. The teen years
can be a very hard time for children with autism.
- Get in touch with
other families who have children with autism. You can talk about your problems
and share advice with people who will understand.
Raising a child with autism is hard work. But with
support and training, your family can learn how to cope.