Each child with autism is unique and will require services to best meet individual and family needs. Although there is no cure for autism, evidence shows that early intervention often results in positive outcomes.
Treatment goals should emphasize the development of social skills and functional communication. Treatment approaches may include
- behavior therapy
- psychotropic medications
- Social Skills Training and Educational Services (which may include communication and occupational therapy)
There are some controversial treatments which have not been shown to be effective. There are other treatments (as in specific diets or vitamins) which may be of benefit to some but not all persons with autism. Visit the National Autism Center’s website to learn more about Evidence-Based Treatments: http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/