Is there a cure for autism?

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. 
Coleen  Boyle, PhD, MS
Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
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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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatments

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatments

There isn't a cure for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which is an umbrella terms for a group of disorders affecting brain development to varying degrees. Early diagnosis and autism treatment can greatly improve the quality of li...

ife for children with autism. Doctors may prescribe medications for treatment of specific ASD-related symptoms, and behavioral and other therapies can help with communication and behavior regulation. Learn more about treating and managing ASD with expert advice from Sharecare.

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