Treatments For Autism
- Varied and different individuals respond differently.
- What works for one person may not work for another.
- The critical importance of early intervention programme for
children with autism. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Lovaas
/ Discrete Trial Training Method has been proven to be successful.
Catherine Maurice’s book “Let Me Hear Your Voice”
recounted how the Lovaas method helped her two children to recover
- The TEACCH programme in North Carolina provides intensive intervention
programme by improving an individual’s skills in a structured
educational environment. E.g. visual aids or cues are used to
help those with autism to understand schedules, transitions and
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) especially for
non-verbal autistic individuals
Sensory Integration Programme
integration therapy involves brushing and massaging the whole body and
certain exercises. It helps to make the child less hyperactive. It
improves attention span, motor coordination and balancing.
- B6/ Magnesium Supplements developed by Dr. Bernard Rimland
, Director of Autism Research Institute
- An effective treatment for some individuals.
- Gluten and Casein Free Products
- Use of anti-fungal drugs and herbal formulas such as garlic,
caprylic acid and elimination of sugar, yeast and other foods
that the yeast/candida feeds on.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
- Includes a total of 10 hours of listening to modulated music
over a 10-20 day period to improve auditory processing and reductions
in sound sensitivity and behavioral problems.
- To further the growth and development of the autistic individual.
The Son-Rise Program
- Originated from The Option Institute.
- Was developed by Barry Neil and Samahria Kaufman in the early
1970’s. Their son, Raun who was diagnosed as severely retarded
and autistic fully recovered from autism after three years of
using an intensive, one-to-one approach based on unconditional
love and acceptance. Today, Raun is a graduate with the I.Q of
Tips For Parents
- For non-verbal child, use Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
- Talk or read to the child even if the child is non-verbal or his/her speech is not clear.
- Build up vocabulary in child by using flash cards to teach him/her.
the child to do mouth excercises such as blowing balloons, blowing soap
bubbles, licking ice-cream on the lips with tongue, and blowing bubbles
with chewing gums.
Improvement of Attention Span
- For hyperactive child with poor attention span, do Sensory Integration (S.I.)
techniques of brushing and massaging of the whole body and certain S.I.
exercises daily at home. This will calm the child down and improve
his/her attention span.
- When the child is calm and attentive, teach him/her to read, write, draw, colour, count, etc.
the child some hobbies so that the child knows what to do with his/her
time. Teach some hobbies that can improve his/her attention span such
as picture puzzles, lego, word search, card games, and interactive
educational computer games.
Doing House Chores
child to help in house chores, such as preparing dining table before
meals, washing, drying and storing disher and crockery after meals,
helping in preparing vegetables for cooking, brushing clothes and using
laundry machine, folding dried clothes and linen and storing them,
sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning window panes and fans, washing
care, and watering plants in the garden.
- Parents and siblings must spend time interacting with child - playing outdoor and indoor games and table games.
social modeling technique to teach child the proper way of interacting
with others - what to say and how to respond to others.
- Teach child to interact with others in various social settings.
child to public places such as parks, shopping complexes, shops, eating
places, worship places so that the child gets use to public places.
- Control child's awkward behaviours in public places (and also at home).
not feel embarrassed by your child's awkward behaviours in public
places and by the stares of others. You and your child have every right
to be in public places.
Watchful Control of Child in Public Places
your child is hyperactive, hold tightly onto him/her so that he/she
does not suddenly run onto the street or run away and get lost in a
crowd or in a big building or jump into a fountain or a pond/pool or
get lost in a lift. Remember autistic child often does not know danger.
- Do toilet training. Your child must be toilet-trained to be ready to go to kindergarten later.
your autistic child like you discipline normal child. If he/she uses
his/her head to knock others or if he/she pinches others, punish
him/her immediately, to teach him/her not to do that again.
- Control his/her temper tantrum by finding out what causes it.
- Control the child's dietary habits. Avoid sweets or sweet things which will cause hyperactivity.
- Train child to eat all sorts of food and
fruits (not to be choosy) and to drink all sorts of drinks (not to be
choosy), except if the child is noticed to be allergic to certain types
of food (evident by itchy skin rash, swelling of eyelids and lips, or
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