What are therapies for autism spectrum disorders in high school and beyond?

See below. There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism.
Challenges. We do not have a therapy for ASD but we do have therapies for the associated challenges. For instance, if a high school student has trouble holding a conversation they may benefit from speech therapy or social skills training or role play or even some on line social games. If ritualistic behavior is worse medications and cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful.
Transition to. Adulthood is tough sometimes, as parents have to decide if they want legal guardianship. If not, they have no say in medical care in their 18-year-olds & up who have both autism & intellectual disability. Schools start transition plans at age 14, meeting with parents & student to find a workplace & social supports. Research guidelines for ssi, medicaid & other services at 18 on autism speaks.

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What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

Many out there, but. Only some are considered as established treatments according to national autism center. They are: antecedent package, behavioral package, comprehensive behavioral treatment for young children, joint attention intervention, modeling, naturalistic teaching strategies, peer training package, pivotal response treatment, schedules, self-management, and story-based intervention package. Read more...
Multi-dimensional. Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. Read more...

Is there any treatment for autism spectrum disorders? I have not heard of anything that works consistently.

Yes. There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. Read more...
Yes. A randomized, controlled study of the early start denver model, a comprehensive developmental behavioral intervention, showed, if started at <30 mos. & continued for 2 yrs., improvement in iq, adaptive behavior & degree of autism. Aba done 25-40 hrs./wk shows qualitative improvement even in kids without dramatic improvement as a result of comorbid intellectual disability. Read more...

If school says child has autism spectrum symptoms, what happens next?

Need to see a. Developmental pediatrician and have an evaluation done to confirm the diagnosis. If so, then begin therapies and treatments to help improve symptoms. It is helpful to have speech, ot, pt evaluations as well. Read more...
A process. They will ask your permission to do a multidisciplinary team evaluation to determine your child's current cognitive, adaptive, self-help, social and motor functioning and to assess for autism using parent and teacher questionnaires and a tool like the autism diagnostic observation schedule to determine the degree of autism. Then an individualized educational plan will be made with your input. Read more...
Second opinion. A school should not diagnose autism. They may suggest that a formal evaluation be done by a qualified professional who could make an accurate assessment of your child. Then a referral for applied behavioral analysis could be provided. They could work with your school to provide the best setting for optimal outcome. Read more...
Speak to pediatricia. Speak to your pediatrician who can begin an evaluation. You may need a referral to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist., Read more...

What are the possible therapies and treatments for an adult on the autism spectrum?

Read Temple Grandin. Excellent books are available. Read thinking in pictures and the way i see it. Also read the curious incident of the dog in the night time. More intense would be oliver sacks an anthropologist on mars. Read more...
Depends on symptoms. Individuals with autistic disorders have a higher incidence of mental illnesses (e.g., adhd, anxiety, depression) than the neurotypical population. Social skills deficits may be misinterpreted as non-compliance (not doing what you"re told when you're told), ) rudeness, or disinterest. Identify and treat ( with medication &/or therapy) the symptoms that are causing the individual with ad harm. Read more...
Many. Social skills training is available and is often offered in a group setting from speech pathologists. A person with autism can learn and practice how to read social cues and how to respond in appropriate ways to certain social situations. If sensory issues are involved many people can get help from a good occupational therapist through sensory integration. Sometimes counseling can also be of help. Read more...

Can high anxiety levels cause autism spectrum disorder?

No. High anxiety levels are probably the most common result of the irregularities that lead to the development of autism.The symptoms of autism are the adaptive strategies that result from information processing abn. It is the indiv attempt to deal with the environment with information processing that is not normal. Maybe the result of impaired detox abilities(controversy here). Read more...
NO. Severe anxiety does not cause asd. However, children with very severe anxiety disorders can be miss diagnosed as asd! additionally, patient's with ASD can be very anxious! Read more...

What can you tell me about high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

A lot. Have you read tony attwood's book: asperger syndrome? I have individuals in my own family who have autism and function very well. Have you heard of temple grandin? If not, check out anything with her name on it or about her. Read more...
Overall IQ > 70. Kids with hfa have low language abilities & learn best from what they see & touch. Non-verbal iq >90. May have increased random, purposeless, motor activity & stereotypies (e.g., spinning, pacing), look at objects from odd angles, over- or under-react to smell, taste, touch, visual or auditory stimuli. May work dvd players/ computers above age level. Often have good response to behavior therapy. Read more...

What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum dis. These are all terms used to describe, what is now, a single classification called autism spectrum disorder. This is a developmental brain disorder that affects a person's ability to relate to other people and the world around them in a typical fashion. Read more...

What to tell me about PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Can be similar. Autism, aspergers ( often called high functioning autism) and pdd- nos are all considered autism spectrum disorders and fall under the pervasive developmental delay category. Stereotypically as you move from classic autism to hfa you see an increase in the level of communication, decrease in stereotypic movements and sensory dysfunction and increased ability to be self sufficient and interact. Read more...

Assessments for autism spectrum disorders? Which places in the u.S. Don't over-diagnose or under-diagnose?

See below. If there are concerns regarding any developmental issue, first stop is at the pediatrician's for a full exam and history (including development). If the pediatrician agrees with your concern, the next step is with either a pediatric neurologist or developmental-behavioral specialist for further evaluation and management. As long as a complete eveluation is done, there's no need to travel elsewhere. Read more...
UI. http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/uibehavioralhealth/patients/autismspectrum/clinic.html multi-disciplinary teams like this one perform thorough assessments of overall development as well as diagnostic evals for autism. The appt. Is from 8 am to ~ 1 pm. Prognosis in autism depends on level of cognition, degree of autism & early response to behavioral & educational therapy. Read more...