Treatments and Therapy for autism

Chantelle - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I would like to know about treatments/therapy for autism - particularly aspergers syndrome. I am concentrating on this area in particular because I believe in helping my son improve the quality of his life. Am interested in anything to do with diet to speech to occupational therapy and so on.

What do you think is worth trying???

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Kim - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son is 8 and we do Ot, Pt, 2 speech therapy, reading recovery, Omega3, vitamins and sports and scouts. The reason I posted all his activities is that as expensive as things are you have to try different things. Your child is not like mine. He is his own individual and what works for mine may not work for yours. There are so many degrees of the disease. The diet thing didn't work for my son but, it may work for yours. Hang in there and get all the information you can. When you figure out what you want to do. Try it and then take it away to see if it worked. If it is working then you will know and continue that activity. Hope this helps.

User - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Chantelle,

If your community has a PlayBall program (you can find it on the net, it is an international program) I really recommend it. It begins at age 3 and the groups are kept small. They teach sporting skills at an age appropriate level, but they also teach turn taking, fair play, listening skills, etc...It is a wonderful, inclusive program. Both of my children have taken part in the program, and I know a number of little boys with Aspergers that have joined up.

Good Luck!

Sheila

Louise - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi! My 3 yr old son has recently been diagnosed with Autism but we have been dealing with this since he is 8 months old. We started speech, OT, physio and when he was 18 months old we hired a private IBI therapist. That has been our savior!!!! I am in ontario Canada, and the wait here is about 5-6 yrs from waiting to get tested to starting therapy. It's ridiculous, anyways we went ahead and got a therapist and I credit all of my son's huge steps forward to her.

Chantelle - posted on 01/13/2010

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Thanks Renee, yes my son has leaky gutt syndrome. He eats very minimal food as it is. I have started him on lecithin, fish oil and multivitamins and am having some good progress with this. My son is 7, he speaks really well and has a very high IQ. He is basically an adult, if you get what I mean - or acts like one anyway. lol I struggle a lot with the fact he has trouble socialising and understanding people and am trying to help him in this area. He stuggles a lot too with motor skills (particlarly fine ms). He spends all his time planning his future and mapping out his life.

Renee - posted on 01/12/2010

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How old is your child? For my money I always say go with ABA - applied behavior analysis. However, there are several schools of thought so I would google autism/aspergers treatment options and see the millions of hits. There are only a few major therapies that seem to come to the top. I have not done the diet because our developmental pediatrician wants to expand my sons diet not confine it to soy based products and his recommendation was that making him change to an unfamiliar diet would make things worse and he isn't plagued by the leaky gut symdrome some of these kids have. I guess the motto there is don't try to fix what isn't broken so I am not a fan of the diet unless your child just can't digest regular food.



Since I don't know the severity - mildness of your sons diagnosis I can't really say but a combination of speech OT and habilitation based on ABA would be my recommendation. You are going to get alot of opinions on here and they are all valid of course, but you must choose the one that is right for your child. I also must say that at the beginning of ANY therapy your child is going to react and react and react and you're going to question yourself and the therapy, it's going to be painful I've never heard otherwise from anyone. Remember you are pulling your child FROM their world the world of autism into ours they don't come willingly. It's hard and scary for them. Imagine someone coming up to you speaking a foreign language you don't understand and making you come to a loud bright scary place you don't understand. That's autism and that's therapy. Good luck to you.

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