PARENTING TIPS & TOPICS: Autism Treatment

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PARENTING TIPS & TOPICS: STRATEGIES and TECHNIQUES

MONTHLY TOPIC:  Autism Treatment

IMPORTANT POINTS: Once a child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), caregivers often have lots of questions. What is the next step? What type of treatment does my child need now? What will they need in a few years? Parents may feel overwhelmed by the information and have trouble accessing services.

Typically treatment is focused on the presenting symptoms and may include increasing communication skills, addressing behavior problems, decreasing repetitive behaviors and interests, and working on enhancing social skills (eye contact, interactive play skills, and social responses to others). Services may be provided in-home or school-based. Families are encouraged to work with their child’s providers to develop an appropriate treatment plan and make adjustments as needed.

 

LINK TO MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.asatonline.org/for-parents/learn-more-about-specific-treatments/

http://www.asatonline.org/research-treatment/clinical-corner/considerations-when-choosing-a-behavioral-science-provider/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021148