Autism Interventions What’s The Best Choice for Y our Child. Abbie Johnson English 1010 Rebecca Miner 4.20.2011. Every Child with ASD is Unique. .
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “No 2 children with ASD have the exact same symptoms…and how severe they are can vary greatly.”
Because every child with ASD is different, an intervention plan that works for one child, may not work for another. That is why it is crucial for parents to be attentive and to seek for professional help early on.
Some of the alternative, and expensive treatments NOT approved for safety or efficacy, include:
Immunoglobulin ($10,000 for one infusion.)
Gluten and Casein free diets
Vitamins and Supplements
Secretin ($90 per week.)
Chelation ($3000 for six months.)
Stem Cells ($15000)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber ($3000 for 3 months.)
Sensory Integration Therapy ($6000 for one year.)
*Information on alternative treatments provided by, U.S. News & World Report writer Nancy Shute.
They’re Risky. Most “alternative” treatments have not been tested for safety or efficacy.
Most are extremely pricey!
They can interfere with the precious time that a child should be in behavioral therapy, which has actually shown to improve the symptoms of ASD.
Autism has become increasingly common in our society today, which has sparked my interest in the issue. I do not have an autistic child of my own, ( I have friends who do) so it is extremely difficult to give my opinion on the issue. However, I have done a fair bit of research on the matter, and found the opinions of some very credible sources.
From what I have learned, there is no cure, there is no drug therapy that has been proven safe or effective, there is no sound evidence that a strict diet helps, and there is no exercise or technique that instantly alleviates symptoms.
There is however, time. There are medical professionals and parents (like you) who devote their time and resources to providing autistic children with one on one time in the areas of behavioral and developmental therapy. They perform exercises that include, “specialized play used to improve eye contact, communication and motor skills.” This therapy is long and intensive, and the earlier it begins, the better. ASD is a life long disorder, but the symptoms can improve through long concerted efforts.
There is hope in the fact that, “rising demand for proved treatments is attracting money for research.” Maybe one day there will be a cure for Autism, but in the mean time, staying hopeful, supporting each other, and working tirelessly to help these beautiful children grow, is the best treatment!
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