Autism Therapies – Effective Ways Of Treating Individuals With Autism

Autism Therapies – Effective Ways Of Treating Individuals With Autism

It might come as a major shock to parents to find their child being diagnosed with  Autism   Spectrum  Disorder (ASD). Most of the times, they are left with an overwhelming query as to what should be the right treatment approaches that would adequately improve their development and behaviors. While there are various education programs and treatment procedures that can contribute immensely to the growing and learning of these individuals with special needs, it is extremely important that the treatment courses are started as early as possible to produce the best results.

Apart from medicines and behavioral training, there are various  autism  therapies that can prove to be highly beneficial in the all-round development of an individual on the  autism   spectrum . Some of the therapies include:

Occupational Therapy: This is highly beneficial in developing coordination and motor skills.

Speech Therapy: This helps in improving language and communication skills.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Training: This is a useful treatment method for  autism  and associated behavioral problems such as slapping others, head-banging etc.

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Training: This is a recently invented treatment approach that is used to develop in children the ability to socialize with other people.

Sensory Therapy: Children with  autism  can have various sensory problems. While some of them are highly sensitive to external stimuli like light, sound and touch, some do not respond at all to these stimuli. Sensory therapies help considerably in improving and stabilizing such sensory problems.

It has been demonstrated in various scientific studies that autistic children who are subjected to early treatments show considerable improvement in communication, learning and social skills. With this aspect in mind, researchers have designed a number of  autism  therapies that can help individuals immensely. Though the effectiveness of these therapies may vary in each individual, there are certain important aspects that should be present in any good therapeutic program.

  • Any child on the  autism   spectrum  should be subjected to the therapy sessions for a minimum of 25 hours per week.
  • The therapists or teachers conducting the sessions should be highly trained, skilled and qualified. It is also beneficial to have trained paraprofessionals working under the guidance of knowledgeable professionals having expertise in  autism  therapy, to support the program.
  • The therapy programs should contain clear and precise learning goals with appropriate techniques to assess, evaluate and record the child’s ability to meet the goals.
  • The therapeutic sessions should be designed in a way to focus on the main aspects of the child’s personality that have been majorly impacted by  autism , including language and communication skills, social skills, motor skills, play skills and the abilities of self-care.
  • The programs should provide a platform for the child, where they can interact with a peer group with the same development issues.
  • The programs should allow parents to take active part in both decision making and implementation of the program.
  • The therapy sessions should integrate an entire team of professionals including a physician, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.
  • The therapists should exhibit an adequate level of compassion and understanding of the child and their family.

Source by Ryan Judd

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