Options for Autism Therapy and Treatment
By Lisa Jo Rudy
- Introduction to Autism Treatments
- Treatments Created to Improve Symptoms of Autism
- Traditional Therapies To Treat Autism
- Recreational and Artistic Therapies for Autism
- New and Alternative Treatments for Autism
- Evaluating Treatments for Autism
- Paying for Autism Treatments
Introduction to Autism Treatments
Before you plunge into selecting an autism treatment (or several treatments!), it's important to know what your options are, and how to evaluate whether a treatment is working. These articles will give you an introduction to both topics.
- Treatments for Autism -- Treatments and Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Top Ten Treatments for Autism
- What's the Best Treatment for Autism?
- Which Autism Treatments Have Been Approved By the Medical Mainstream?
Treatments Created to Improve Symptoms of Autism
There are many theories regarding the causes and "core deficits" of autism. As a result, there are many different types of therapies and treatments developed specifically to alleviate symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. On the upside, that means you have a range of options to try. On the downside, it means you never know whether you've tried the most effective option for you or your child.
Because there are so many choices -- and no "one best choice" -- most families try at least a few types of treatment. And most find that some combination of treatments make a real difference.
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Autism
- Developmental Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Improving Social Thinking in Children with Autism
- Gluten Free Cassein Free (GFCF) Diets and Autism
- The Biomedical Perspective on Autism
- All About Sensory Integration Therapy and Autism
Traditional Therapies To Treat Autism
Plenty of therapies are designed specifically to treat autism. But older, more traditional therapies are also helpful for treating symptoms of autism. Sometimes, these therapies are "tweaked" to support specific symptoms -- but basically, these are tried-and-true techniques that have been researched over many years.
- Behavior Specialists and Autism: The Basics
- Play Therapy and Autism: The Basics
- Physical Therapy and Autism: The Basics
- Occupational Therapy and Autism: The Basics
- Speech-Language Therapy and Autism: The Basics
- Psychology as as Treatment for Autism
Recreational and Artistic Therapies for Autism
These treatments aren't offered by schools or regional autism centers, but they're often creative, fun, engaging and effective.
- Music Therapy for Autism
- Art Therapy for Autism
- Drama Therapy for Autism
- Therapeutic Riding as a Treatment for Autism
New and Alternative Treatments for Autism
The autism world is filled with new and alternative treatments -- some of which seem to hold some promise, and many of which are simply expensive. Here are a few of the more prominent new/alternative treatments available, along with some tips for selecting such treatments and ensuring your ability to decide whether they're effective.
- Auditory Integration Training for Autism
- What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism?
- What Is the Rapid Prompting Method for Treating Autism?
- What Is a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Doctor?
- Tips for Trying New Treatments for Autism
- What is the "Placebo Effect?" -- Placebo Effect and Autism Treatments
- Which Autism Treatments Are Working?
Evaluating Treatments for Autism
At last count, some 500 treatments wer available for autism. Some are proven; some are promising; some are experimental -- and many are pure snake oil. Add to this confusion the reality that treatments that work well for one person may do nothing for another. How do you know which treatments to choose -- and how do you tell which treatments are working for you or your child?
- The Placebo Effect and Autism Treatments
- Which Autism Treatments Are Working for Your Child?
- Tips for Trying New Treatments for Autism
- How to Choose the Wrong Treatments for Your Child with Autism
Paying for Autism Treatments
It costs HOW much to provide my child with therapy? You may have heard that autism therapy costs an incredible amount of money -- and that many families have gone bankrupt trying to pay the bills. But the truth is many resources are available that are affordable even for families of modest means.