ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Helping Children with Autism

Updated on April 26, 2013

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects one out of every 166 people. No two cases are the same, and therefore, treatment intervention plans greatly differ. If your child has autism, there are many things you can do as a parent to help him overcome the many challenges of the disorder. It’s crucial to get the support you need that allows you to be the best parent you can be for your child. Understanding autism and the various therapy and treatment strategies can make a drastic difference in your child’s wellbeing.

What Autism Means

Children with autism have differences in the way that their brain develops and processes information. Some children may experience trouble communicating, while others may perform repetitive behaviors. Signs of autism are generally recognizable by the time a child is 2 to 3 years old. Common signs of autism include trouble playing and interacting with others, having brief eye contact with others, not pointing to objects, repetitive movements, not using or understanding language and not exploring their surroundings.

What Causes Autism

While the causes of autism are not yet fully understood by scientists, many believe that environmental factors and genes are involved. New research has found that children with an autistic sibling have a 30 percent chance of developing autism. Other studies have suggested that autism is a product of environmental viruses, vaccines or allergies. It’s important to remember that autism is not caused by bad parenting. Psychologists know that autism is a problem with how the brain works, now how children are raised.

Autism Treatments

There is currently no cure for autism. However, early intervention and professional therapies have the ability to significantly help children in developing their skills and boosting their potential. Treatment intervention plans should be tailored for each child and their personal behavioral, educational and occupational needs. The goal of a therapy program is to teach children how to play and cooperate with others, take care of their body and be safe, communicate with others and minimize undesirable behaviors.

Parenting Tips

Once your doctor has diagnosed your child with autism spectrum disorder, it’s important to seek help immediately. There is help out there for parents if you look in the right places – no matter your financial state. To find out what specialized programs are available for your ASD child, contact your child’s doctor, county or township departments, education and health departments, local chapters of autism advocacy groups and churches and other charitable organizations.

Best Therapies

Since all children with autism are different, it may take time to find a therapy program that helps your child reach desired goals. Parents and health care providers should observe the therapy in action and ensure that they understand all that a therapy involves before starting it. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s important for children with autism to follow a predicable schedule, follow a series of simple steps, learn through structured activities and are reinforced for good behavior.

If you have a child with autism, it’s important to know that drugs and behavior therapy are not your only options. Autism can be treated with a wide range of bio-medical services that help treat the underlying problems and not just the symptoms. Treatment options, such as diet and nutrition changes, detoxification and chelation therapy can make a big difference in your child’s life. With early intervention, children with ASD can lead in a healthy and happy way of living and overcome many of the common challenges that children with autism face every day.

By Brandy Burgess

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)