While there is no known cure for autism, autism is treatable. There are treatment and education approaches that can address some of the challenges associated with the condition and can help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills for greater independence.
Just as there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies people with autism, there is no single treatment that will be effective for everyone on the spectrum.
Because of this, the Autism Society Inland Empire does not endorse any one treatment or program. Families should educate themselves about all options and choose what they feel is in the best interest of their child and family, based on their experience and what resources are available. The Autism Society does not want to give the impression that parents or professionals will select just one treatment from a list. A search for appropriate treatment must be paired with the knowledge that all treatment approaches are not equal – what works for one will not work for all. The basis a treatment plan should come from a thorough evaluation of the child’s strengths and weaknesses.
This section provides an overview of many available approaches, not specific treatment recommendations. Keep in mind that the word “treatment” is used in a very limited sense. While typically used for children under age three, the approaches described here can be included in an educational program for older children as well.
It is important to match a child’s potential and specific needs with treatments or strategies that are likely to help him/her reach established goals and greatest potential.