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Contrary to popular belief, autism is not a mental illness. Affecting 1 in every 94 children in Canada1,
autism is defined as a neurodevelopmental disorder which impacts the way people perceive the world and
interact with their peers. In spite of how the media and cinematography choose to portray autistic people
as prodigies or highly intelligent, sadly over 50% have an IQ under 70 and 30% of children cannot speak
more than a couple of words. As much as we, as humans, like to believe that even in the darkest of
situations, there is always a happy ending, life does not always go that way.
The disorder is complex and no two people experience it the same way. About 20% also suffer from
epilepsy, others battle bowel disease or depression and anxiety, in addition to autism symptoms. Alarming
figures published last year in the American Journal of Public Health report that preventable injuries, such
as drowning, suffocation or asphyxiation are leading causes of death among people with autism. It is
estimated that they are three times more likely to die because of this sort of injuries2.
The situation is even more worrying when you come to think that there is currently no cure available for
autism, but science has been making strides in finding ways to help address challenges and make the
disorder more manageable.
Understanding behavioral therapy and how it works
The most commonly used type of therapy for autism is applied behavioral analysis (ABA). Its patient-
centricity and flexibility are probably the main characteristics that made it successful. ABA aims to help
children with autism develop social skills, from learning how to write and using the bathroom to
empowering one to engage in social dialogue and even finding a job. Because of how the program is
thought out – involving as much as 40 hours a week and a step by step breakdown of objectives, it also
promotes discipline, education and confidence.
In a critical review of ABA in autism spectrum disorders it is being revealed that a specific type of
therapy called early intensive behavioural intervention can significantly improve a child’s IQ and social
skills, and amazingly there is evidence that some cases have been completely cured3. Although patients
and their families should not embark on this journey expecting a 100% full recovery, that is in most of the
cases the goal.
Most importantly, it is important to know that frequency can make a very big difference. The vast
majority of study papers have concluded by saying that more hours every week translate into more
benefits. Parents should bear in mind that the treatment might get intensive and depending on the case, the
child might be experiencing aggressive or distressful symptoms at first, which is natural since there is a
sudden change in his environment and schedule. But by crossing that threshold and persisting, you can
rest assured that they are in good hands, and eventually it will be better.
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