Autism symptoms and treatment
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects one in many different ways. There is a wide range of symptoms of ASD where some may be mild, others severe, and still others somewhere in between. The symptoms are commonly discovered in early childhood which is usually the first two years of life and it is said that early intervention is critical, especially since the younger the child is upon first receiving treatment, the fewer developmental gaps there are to close.
Signs and symptoms may include but are not limited to repetitive behaviours which include repetitive movement with an object like fidgeting with a car or repetitive body movements such as flapping of hands or rocking. They may have an interest or obsession about certain things or topics. A person with Autism may also get upset by slight change in routine, have little or no eye contact, and may also repeat words or phrases rather than communicating in a way that is meaningful to others (an in turn, for the person communicating).
Autism is widely known and accepted as a lifelong disorder, however it can be treated and with the right treatment, recovery is possible. Therefore with that said all of the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, and more, can be treated.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – This is a research-based Autism treatment. In this treatment each child’s program is designed to meet the needs of the child as an individual. It is mostly one on one therapy which focus on language, play, adaptive skills, social, executive functioning, motor, and cognitive skills. Under each category ABA aims to equip the child with tools and skills that will promote independence. Research shows that children who begin this treatment at an early age make more significant changes than those who receive this intervention later in life, but it also shows that those who receive this treatment at any stage in life make more progress than those who never receive it.
With all that said Autism is treatable and with proper research of Autism symptoms and treatment one can find a treatment program which will address the child’s deficits as an individual.
The good news is that The Star Academy is your one-stop shop for autism symptoms and treatment. Our staff are experts in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis, specific to autism spectrum disorder. Many parents find that they receive more information and clarity in their initial parent meeting with our Managing Director, Ilana Gerschlowitz, than they have in their entire journey up until the point of meeting her. She dispels many of the myths around autism, including those that it is not treatable or that there is little hope and that parents should start making provisions for institutionalisation later in life.