Is there a cure for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Autism spectrum disorders is a condition of which the cause or causes are not fully understood. Although research is ongoing, right now there is no cure. Early diagnosis and treatment  can improve the prognosis.

There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a lifelong diagnosis, but there are lots of ways to help people with ASD live happy and healthy lives. A person's healthcare team will figure out the best way to help.

Sarine Salama
Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Psychology Specialist

Right now there is no known cure for Autism. Early intervention including therapies like ABA, Speech, Occupational, Physical therapy and proper school environment and support can greatly increase the child's quality of life and improve many of their symptoms.

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.

Dr. Ronald Leaf
Psychology Specialist

Watch as licensed psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Ronald Leaf explains whether or not there is a cure for autism.

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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