This brief overview will provide important guidelines for a child just diagnosed with Autism. Having a child with special needs requires patience, persistence and focus. It is important to think of treatment as a three-pointed approach that will help you reach recovery.
Traditional Behavioral Therapies:
This category includes interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech therapy, occupational therapy and auditory integration therapy. They are designed to help to modify behavior, develop and improve verbal communication, work on gross and fine motor coordination and improve processing of verbal language, respectively. Your child will need as many of these therapies as is warranted based on his/her symptoms.
It is important that your child receive both behavioral and biomedical treatment. Just doing one or the other is just not enough. ASD is simply a label applied to children with a certain constellation of symptoms. Biomedical research is fast uncovering a growing list of medical conditions that are playing a role in the development of ASD. These may include genetic blocks in certain detoxification pathways, chronic viral infections, and exposure to chemicals and heavy metals, among others. It is your DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor’s job to identify these issues. Dr. Patel or any of the other “DAN” doctors can help you with this. It is important that you do not let the general AMA consensus that ‘Autism is not treatable’ be the reason for not treating your child. New research findings that contradict old established norms in medicine typically take many years if not decades to finally become established as fact. Most pediatricians are ignorant of these new findings unless they actually specialize in treating kids on the autistic spectrum. It is important, therefore, for you to take an active role in reading the materials and references (all based on information published in medical journals) on this website as well as others, so that you can decide for yourself.
Keeping Your Family Healthy and Supported:
A child diagnosed as having special needs can be a huge burden on a family. It is important that caretakers also take care of themselves. Healthy diet, getting plenty of rest and an adequate support system can be tremendous aids in helping you help your child. Enlisting the help of friends and family while networking with other parents of special needs kids can help you through the long road to recovery. Make sure you spend enough time with your spouse and other kids also. This part of the pyramid is just as important as the other two to form a solid base that will help your child reach the point of recovery.