Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has no cure. But there are several interventions that reduce the symptoms, often to a great extent. Communication and social challenges are part of autism diagnosis, and as a result, speech language and behavioral therapy are the typical components of a treatment plan. But the frustration for parents, and the challenge to researchers, is that there’s no single long-term ASD therapy plan that’s applicable for all children.
Behavioral therapy, however, is the most accepted approach to treat children with ASD. Many people tend to believe that behavioral intervention is only for hyperactive autistic children. But that’s not the case. Behavioral therapy is the key tool to develop social skills among all children with autism.
Parents, in most cases, are confused about which long-term ASD therapy to adopt. Schools usually move the children with autism to mainstream education early in their schooling. While this should always be the larger target, shifting an autistic child away from an intense behavioral program which supports social growth, can hamper the progress. Autistic children undergoing long-term ASD therapy are more likely to completely outgrow the diagnosis, notwithstanding the amount of time they spend in mainstream education initially. The greater is the intervention, the more will be the age-appropriate education picked up by the child later. It’ll allow a far easier transition into mainstream.
Another major challenge is to determine which behavioral therapy will match your child. In fact, there’s really no way to determine that. But there should be a logical plan which is flexible and tracks the progress. Adjustments should be made as and when required.
Current research doesn’t reveal much about which intervention will be the best. But one thing is certain. Continuing long-term ASD therapy is ideal in all cases. It’s safe and effective and equips an autistic child with the necessary social skills to a great extent.