There is no cure for autism; however, with appropriate treatment and education, many children with the disorder can learn and develop. Early intervention often can reduce challenges associated with the disorder, lessen disruptive behavior, and provide some degree of independence.
Autism treatment depends on the individual needs of the patient. In most cases, a combination of treatment methods is more effective. To treat autism basically requires lifelong management.
Occupational therapy and physical therapy are sometimes used to treat autism. Occupational therapy helps improve independent function and teaches basic skills (e.g., buttoning a shirt, bathing). Physical therapy involves using exercise and other physical measures (e.g., massage, heat) to help patients control body movements.
Autism treatment includes the following:
- Behavior modification
- Communication therapy
- Dietary modifications