Sunday, May 16, 2010

Autism Treatment - How is Autism Typically Treated?

Let's discuss briefly about how to treat Autism. We know that there are many options in terms of various services that are available for individuals with Autism. In young children there are therapies like ABA or applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy and therapy that works on motor issues such and gross and fine motor skills called occupational therapy. Other therapies are available as well such as horse therapy. And there are options out there to provide environmental stimuli for many children with Autism.

And as these children get older and become teenagers and adults, some of these same services are still needed. But what often times happens as these children get older is that access to some of these services is not there anymore. And many times locale will determine what services you may get, in many parts of the country and in many states, the services like ABA, speech or occupational therapy are implemented directly through the school district. But unfortunately when it comes to adults with Autism, there is not a lot of good therapy. Often times we see adults with Autism either put into homes or into institutions and the use of various medications to address some of the behavioral problems.

Traditionally speaking, when we talk of medications that are used to treat Autism, we really are speaking of medications meant to minimize some of the behavioral problems often seen with this diagnosis. Risperdal is the one FDA approved medication to treat Autism, and this is often used to treat the aggressive, antisocial and aberrant behavioral issues often seen with Autism. I have seen some children, teens and adults also put on SSRI medications like Zoloft, Paxil or Prozac to help modulate mood, and there is a wide variety of those medications. So what we mainly have is the medication Risperdal and then what you have remaining is behavioral therapy for younger children, speech therapy and occupational therapy. So from a medication standpoint we really are limited in terms of treatment options. And the non medical therapies are left to address some of the social, behavioral and language problems seen in Autism.

Autism really is treatable! Biomedical Autism treatments and therapies have resulted in many, many children improving, or even even losing their autism-spectrum disorder diagnosis. For lots more free biomedical autism intervention information and videos from Dr. Woeller, go to

Dr. Kurt Woeller is an biomedical autism Intervention specialist, with a private practice in Southern California for over 10 years. He has helped children recover from autism, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders, and has the information you need to help your child. Download his free ebook at

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