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Autism is a developmental disability that affects both children and
adults. The symptoms of autism are usually diagnosed within the first
three years of the child’s life. These symptoms may be more pronounced in
some than others and will often affect both the social and communication
abilities of the individual. When diagnosed with autism, the individual
can benefit from many of the different treatment programs and educational
programs available.

Biomedical

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Autism is a developmental disability that affects both children and
adults. The symptoms of autism are usually diagnosed within the first
three years of the child’s life. These symptoms may be more pronounced in
some than others and will often affect both the social and communication
abilities of the individual. When diagnosed with autism, the individual
can benefit from many of the different treatment programs and educational
programs available.

Biomedical

While there is no special drug to cure the symptoms, professionals, as
well as parents, have found that some drugs that are often used for other
disorders will help to alleviate some of the behavioral symptoms of
autism.

For example, Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors have been used to help treat
depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Through research
it is found that there are elevated levels of serotonin in as many as
one-third of those diagnosed with autism. Drugs such as Anafranil, Lenox,
and Prozac may be able to reverse some of the symptoms of having high
levels of serotonin, such as repetitive behaviors, irritability, and
aggressive behavior. Some researchers found that autistic children may
show increased eye contact and may become more responsive to others when
taking these drugs.

Your child’s physician may recommend other drugs, such as Ritalin, to
help treat your child’s symptoms. The main issue in treating the symptoms
of autism with drugs is the side effects that may come along with certain
medications. As with any medication being taken, you want to fully inform
your child’s physician about any side effects you may notice. It should
also be stated that because children with autism may have a higher
sensitivity to drugs, the dosages should be adjusted accordingly.

Vitamins

Many parents of autistic children and professionals feel that adjusting
the child’s diet and adding vitamins will help to treat the symptoms
associated with autism. Research has proven that taking an increased
amount of Vitamin C will help reduce the severity of symptoms, while
others have shown that vitamin B and magnesium will help with the
behavioral problems, improve their eye contact, and improve the autistic
child’s ability to pay attention. Professionals feel that due to
malabsorption problems in those with autism, nutritional deficiencies may
have an effect on how severe the symptoms are.

Before starting your child on a vitamin program, your child’s physician
should do an assessment of nutrition. This will help them to find out
what your child is missing in vitamins and minerals to help to determine
what they need and how it may help them.

Dietary

Individuals that have been diagnosed with autism sometimes may have
sensitivity to certain foods, as well. Some of these may also contribute
to certain behaviors. There are times that when certain substances are
taken from the child’s diet, it will alleviate some of these behaviors.
One example of this is gluten. Researchers have found that if an autistic
child has trouble breaking down the peptides of foods containing gluten
and casein, found in diary products, wheat, oats, and rye, this may cause
an upset of the biochemical and neurological processes of the brain. By
removing these foods from the diet, it can reduce some of the autistic
symptoms.

Behavioral

Due to the wide range of communication and behavioral symptoms that are
associated with autism, there are a wide variety of behavioral treatments
for individuals with autism. Many of these behavioral treatments for
children with autism are based on the Applied Behavior Analysis. This
theory focuses on rewarding good behavior.

The main thing to consider in choosing a behavioral treatment program for
your autistic child is to understand their learning style. If your child
is more visual, you may want to make sure the program is set up to assist
your child in the way he or she learns best.

These are only a few of the treatments available for individuals
diagnosed with autism. Because autism is unique in the sense that the
symptoms vary according to the extent and severity, you and your child’s
physician will need to find a treatment program that works best for them.
There are a lot of programs available for your child however, one program
may be wrong for one child and perfect for another. Before starting your
child in any program, seek the advice from your physician. He or she can
test and assess your child to find out which treatments may help to
alleviate some of your child’s autism symptoms.