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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatments

Is there a cure for autism?

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  • There is currently no cure for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), commonly called autism. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can greatly improve a child’s development. Early intervention services help children from birth to 3 years old (36 months) learn important skills. Services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others. Therefore, it is important to talk to your child’s doctor as soon as possible if you think your child has an ASD or other developmental problem.

    Even if your child has not been diagnosed with an ASD, he or she may be eligible for early intervention treatment services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that children under the age of 3 years (36 months) who are at risk of having developmental delays may be eligible for services. These services are provided through an early intervention system in your state. Through this system, you can ask for an evaluation.

    In addition, treatment for particular symptoms, such as speech therapy for language delays, often does not need to wait for a formal ASD diagnosis.

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  • Currently there is no cure for autism. There are interventions that have been shown to effectively improve social and communication skills and reduce repetitive behaviors. 
  • ARonald Leaf, Psychology, answered
    Dr. Ronald Leaf - Is there a cure for autism?

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