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New Drug To Cure Autism
None, But...: There are many degrees of autism. Although total cure is unknown, with proper, proven therapy, there can be huge improvement.So great, that some are able to function almost normally in society. Unfortunately, there are more severe cases that will never do well. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater chances of improvement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Things can improve: Although there is no "cure" for the autism spectrum disorders, children can show some significant improvement in their symptoms with intensive therapy. Communication and speech and language therapy, social skills groups and a specialized therapy know as aba therapy can help improve symptoms and enhance quality of life. It is difficult and time comsuming (and sometimes expensive) but can help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Speech/Language &: Occupational Therapists also work together on feeding issues related to sensory issues in children with ASD. Issues with smell, taste, texture & color of foods can make it difficult to insure that a child with ASD eats a well-balanced diet. I endorse this book by Ernsperger & Stegen-Hanson, but I have no financial interest in it. It helps get past " love the whites, hate the greens". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unfortunately : There is no one way alone that would cure autism. It requires a team of professionals (psychologist, behavior analyst, speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, special education teacher) to have the best result. Most of the individuals are not fully cured, but they can make observable progress in areas of communication, challenging behaviors, and social skills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The primary goal in: Treatment of autism is to increase "connectedness." a child who can't understand that others may have a different point of view can learn to follow directions, mimic motor movements, share attention, & interact & communicate in a social, reciprocal manner. If cognition is normal & intensive behavioral therapy begins < age 2, kids can be indistinguishable from their peers as early as age 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process.Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Since there is no one test or feature to rely on for early diagnosis, some kids are labeled early on that later don't meet the criteria for diagnosis. As we come up with more reliable testing and markers (gene studies), it is likely that a clearer picture will emerge. Most kids that carry the label will improve over time and some will function well with minimal assistance. ...Read more
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