Is There a Cure for Autism?
If you are a parent of a child with autism, at some point, you have probably wondered if there is a cure for autism. Unfortunately, the answer is no- there is no cure for autism. Sure, you’ll see ads for books and products that promise to cure autism, but those do not work. They are misleading you. However, there are some treatments that can make it easier to live with autism. We’ll take a look at some of those below:
3 Ways to Treat Autism
There are 3 treatment methods that can make it easer to live with autism. Again, these are not cures- they are only treatments to help both you and your child cope with this diagnosis.
There are several methods of therapy that can help treat autism: physical therapy, play therapy, music therapy, behavioral therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, sensory therapy, and drug therapy. All of these can make a significant difference in the life of a child with autism. They don’t cure the disability, but they do each your child ways that they can cope with it.
In the section above, drug therapy was mentioned as a treatment for autism. This is giving the child medication to control symptoms.
However, more and more parents are turning to natural and alternative treatments instead of medication. This includes using natural herbs instead of medication, which don’t have the side effects that medication have. Some studies have indicated that vitamins and minerals can be beneficial in the treatment of autism.
Of course, be sure to notify your child’s physician if you opt for these treatments because they can sometimes have negative interactions with prescription medications. Keep in mind that these are only to help with the symptoms- they cannot cure your child’s autism.
There is some evidence that certain foods can cause sensitivities, which can lead to behavioral problems, such as gluten, artificial dyes, and dairy. It is believed that by eliminating these things from the diet, you also remove the behavioral problems.
You may also consider speaking with your child’s physician about testing your child for food allergies. This will help you see if your child’s behavior could be due to a food allergy. Plus, it will help you determine which foods you should eliminate, instead of you having to experiment with it on your own.
Once again, there is no cure for autism. However, there are plenty of treatment methods available that can help with the symptoms. When you try a treatment method, be sure that you only try one at the time so that you can know if it’s helping or not. You’ll need to give it at least 2-3 months before you can tell if it’s working or not. There are no miracle treatments that will work overnight.
If you decide to try a vitamin/mineral/herbal supplement, be sure to consult your child’s physician. They need to know what treatment methods you’re trying- and some vitamins/minerals/herbs can cause reactions with prescriptions. Keep everyone on the treatment team informed so that you can all work together to help your child cope with this diagnosis.
Finally, if you hear of a “magic” cure for autism, don’t believe it. If there ever is a cure available, your child’s physician will inform you- not one of those midnight infomercials. Just keep using these treatments to deal with the symptoms of autism to help you and your child cope.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2021 Krista Mounsey