Working Therapies for Children with Autism

Autism affects most importantly a child’s behavior and interaction with others. Even though there is no known cure, it is been treated such that children can manage the condition anywhere in the world including here in Singapore.

Several approaches are used in the treatment of Autism; approaches that are aimed at helping the child improve learning and behavior as well as how they interact with others. Depending on the severity of the condition, your medical personnel might not recommend the same type of treatment he recommended for someone else living with the same condition.

Don’t wait till your child gets older before starting these treatments because studies have shown that the treatments are more effective in children below the ages of 3. Read more about Autism therapy here: https://brain.com.sg/who-we-can-help/autism-other-syndromes/

The following article by The Eunice Kennedy National institute explains the common treatments of Autism.

Common Treatments for Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis

The first and commonest medical approaches are known as the Applied Behavior Analysis or the ABA. These are a series of techniques that focus on helping children with this condition to improve their positive behaviors using a reward system.

It could be in the form of using a series of trails to help them learn. The child gets a reward for each step in a positive direction but will not get punished for the mistakes they make- which will be many. Also, there is also some one-on-one learning procedure with a therapist where they get to interact with the doctor. Over time, they find out that they are able to start more conversations than before.

Training of Social Skills

Since one of the major challenges facing children living with Autism is interaction and holding a conversation, this training focuses on helping them overcome this challenge. They are taught simple things like understanding mood and emotions more, understanding a joke and even making one. They are also taught how to start or carry on a conversation as well. Read more here.

The following article by AutismSpeaks explains how occupational therapy and speech therapy works in the treatment.

Occupational Therapy

This training helps children learn basic skills and crafts they will need on a day-to-day basis.  They are taught how to make good handwriting, basic motor skills, and how to do some things themselves like feeding, bathing, and even some simple clothes folding skills.

Speech Therapy

Another challenge children with Autism face is the articulating of their thoughts into speeches. That is exactly what makes it difficult for them to communicate with people. A therapist whose specialization is speech and language is always the one entrusted with this responsibility. Read more here.

The next article by Lisa Jo Rudy of verywellhealth.com discusses the medications used in managing Autism.

Medications

There are a number of medications that can also help parents manage their child’s condition. Note that these medications are not working exactly for Autism, but can work to help minimize some of the symptoms associated with Autism. Let us take a look at some of them.

  • Antidepressants – these are a set of medicines that do not in themselves treat Autism but can help minimize the effect of depression and Anxieties.
  • Antipsychotics- These tackle some behavioral problems like self-injury and aggression
  • Anticonvulsants- These ones help with any form of seizures.
  • Stimulants- They help with symptoms like hyperactivity and lack of attention.

You can read more here.

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