What is autism?
Autism is one of those medical conditions that affect the brain. Autistic people show abnormalities in the way they speak, behave, and interact with others. Such developmental disabilities affect their lives and an early diagnosis is crucial in order for them to function “normally” in the future. What else do we have to know about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to treat it?
The problem with autism is that there’s not one type of it. In fact, ASD is a broad range of complex neurodevelopmental conditions that take time to be properly diagnosed. Normally doctors are able to recognize such a disorder in childhood. Nevertheless, ASD affects daily functioning and in most severe cases autistic people need substantial support with basic activities.
A wide spectrum of symptoms in autism means that people with a mild type will need little or no treatment while some of them will have to go through a more complex therapy. Unfortunately, neither doctors nor scientists are able to tell what causes ASD. They believe it can occur due to some defects in the brain and found out that babies born prematurely have a higher risk of developing autism.
Characteristic signs and symptoms
Recognizing the early symptoms of autism is crucial in order to start effective therapy. Autism spectrum disorder treatment will vary depending on the severity of its presentation. Also, different symptoms occur in adults and diverse can be found in children.
Signs of autism in children: not responding to name, eye contact, smile, etc.; not talking much or repeating themselves; oversensitivity to smell, taste, sound; difficulties in expressing themselves; repetitive movements; having unusual interests; temper tantrums; getting irritated if someone or something breaks their routine.
Signs of autism in adults: not feeling comfortable in any social situation; finding it hard to express themselves; having a very strict daily routine; difficulties in understanding how others are feeling; taking things too literally; being able to spot the smallest details; very fixed at things that interest them.
Treatment for autism
Due to its diversity, there isn’t a single best treatment for autism. Every person presents differently and the solution should be determined individually. Most practitioners agree that a combination of therapy and behavioral interventions may improve most symptoms. When it comes to medications, there is no proof they can treat ASD but they seem to be beneficial for managing conditions related to autism.
Some of the autism treatment solutions include:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Occupational Therapy
- Relationship Development Intervention
- Speech Therapy
- Discrete Trial Training
- Pivotal Response Training
- Verbal Behavior Intervention
- Early Start Denver Model
- Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
Another thing is that autism is usually accompanied by other afflictions. The most common ones are ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, insomnia, epilepsy, and joint problems. Research has shown that these conditions are quite frequent in both adults and children. It’s recommended to speak to your GP if you’re autistic and may have other disturbing symptoms.
Autism treatment – alternative options
Natural autism treatment can be combined with traditional methods although that is not necessary. Since ASD is a wide spectrum condition you will be working closely with the doctor so that he can choose the best autism treatment based on your symptoms. This is to avoid prescribing random medications and risky methods.
Autism treatment for adults will be slightly different than for children, however, there are certain elements that are alike. One of the things that are considered beneficial for autistic patients is changing a diet by eliminating the consumption of gluten and casein. This is mainly to avoid digestive issues.
Another option is relieving insomnia, which can intensify other symptoms of autism. Doctors recommend using weighted blankets and taking natural melatonin pills. It is also advised to avoid foods high in sugar and caffeine before going to bed. Listening to calming music instead of watching TV or playing video games is another solution to fight insomnia in autistic patients.
Natural autism treatment sometimes involves relaxation techniques to ease the behavioral problems. People with ASD are usually hypersensitive to various stimuli which cause irritation or even aggression. Releasing those harmful emotions with calming pressure massage or breathing techniques has proven to be a successful therapy.
What we offer
At Alternative Medical Care of Arizona, you’ll be treated with natural methods that have been working wonders in patients with ASD. Our doctors are well-qualified with many years of medical experience. We incorporate a variety of alternative therapeutical approaches that are not risky or harmful. Autism treatment in homeopathy, natural supplements, various calming therapies, and much more can be expected at Alternative Medical Care – your Arizona autism therapy center.