Advice about finding 'treatments'...given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – https://www.cdc.gov
Advice to parents – “An ideal treatment coordinates therapies to address the core disorders the child is experiencing. An effective treatment program builds on the child’s interests and engages the child. More reliable than miracle cures, which appear in magazines, parents should seek out the thoroughly researched and well-documented data derived from carefully controlled clinical research.”
< My Thoughts > Parents, before posting more information on all of these choices, let me offer my sincerest wishes that you first get to know your child. Getting to know your child will help you bring balance, peace, and harmony to the life of your child, yourself, and the rest of your family by choosing the best intervention.
Clarify and prioritize what concerns you the most. Some of you will have mild concerns, while others are living in a state of high situational stress and hyper-vigilance because of your child’s actions. Both need to be addressed. These are not phases which will pass; these are serious concerns which can be dealt with through intervention. The sooner the better but not before you check things out thoroughly.
Disclaimer: Just to let you know that I, Sara Luker, have put forth my best efforts to research the information presented here on this website. This collection of information is for educational purposes only. My hope is that you will not feel alone when dealing with the mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorder.Please, understand also that all health matters ALWAYS require professional medical decisions, diagnosis, and treatment by highly qualified and licensed individuals.
This newcomer certainly knows little to nothing about your child and his or her ever changing wants and needs. Often, a comprehensive ‘treatment’ plan may mean incorporating several programs, working together to help your child where he or she is right now, but may be radically different in 6 months or a year. So again, ‘Buyer Beware’. Protect your child and your family re$ource$.
Choosing the program which meets your child’s needs right now and in the future takes careful finding, funding, and planning. Retrieved from a Pediatric Neurology site –http://www.childbrain.com/pddq11.shtml which offers that parents look at these three priorities:
- First priority: Temper tantrums & life threatening behavior such as hitting, throwing objects, jumping from high places, running into the street, or refusing to eat.
- Second priority: Learning sitting skills. Without this skill the child cannot sit to eat or to learn.
- Third priority: Dealing with unusual or bizarre habits which may result in social isolation. Such as – Pervasive repetition of activities, self-stimulatory behavior, production of unusual sounds, and/or severely restricted interests.
More of < My Thoughts > The severity of a child’s behavior, the amount of support available, the temperament of the child and parents will all contribute to the family either becoming isolated or seeking help. Help can come from local, private, state, and federal Programs, Therapies, and other Interventions.
Even if your child hasn’t been diagnosed yet, s/he may be eligible for Early Intervention Services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Law) says that children under the age of 3 years old who are at-risk for having developmental delays may be eligible for services. Of course, it’s up to you to start finding them.
Some programs are expensive, so understand your child well enough to know what things may work and what may not. While you are waiting, try to discover who your child is behind the autism. There is danger in believing that ‘one-program-fits-all’ because each child is so different in their abilities and their challenges. That’s just another reality.
Again, NOT all autism is the same and NOT all programs out there are providing treatment by highly qualified and licensed individuals. Research, get other opinions, talk to other parents, and make certain that you have the whole picture of how this will help your particular child… and how much it will cost in time, money and resources. Just saying…