How is autism treated?

Autism is usually a life-long condition. Both children and adults with autism benefit from behavioral interventions or therapies that can reduce the symptoms and increase skills and abilities. Every child and adult with autism is unique. For this reason, the treatment plan is individualized to meet specific needs. It is best to begin interventions as soon as possible, so the benefits of therapy can continue on throughout the course of life.

Many people with autism often have additional medical conditions such as gastrointestinal distress, seizures and sleep disturbances. Interventions for treatment can involve behavioral treatments, medications or both. Early intensive behavioral treatments involve the child’s entire family, who works with a team of professionals. Sometimes during early intensive behavioral treatments, specialists will provide at-home services. As the child ages and develops, treatment may be modified to cater to the child’s specific needs. During adolescence, children benefit from transition services that promote maturing and independence into adulthood. The focus at that point is on employment opportunities and job skill training.

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