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A pediatrician will refer the caregiver and the child to a specialist in developmental disorders for the assessment. There is no standard treatment for autism, and different professionals have different philosophies and practices in caring for their patients. Ask family members, friends, and the health care practitioner to obtain referrals. Call autism groups or check the internet for referral services.


What to expect?

There is no cure for autism, nor is there a standard therapy that works for all people with autism. A number of different treatment approaches have evolved over time as we have learned more about autism.


Whatever approach is used for the child, an individualized treatment plan designed to meet his or her unique needs is essential.

Most people with autism show developmental progress and respond to a combination of treatment and education.


The traditional approach for a child with autism includes special education and behavioral management. There is some evidence that the earlier behavioral, educational, speech, and occupational therapy is begun, the better the long-term outcome. This is often an intensive and long-term commitment, and there is no easy answer. Behavioral treatments, medications, and other treatments may help manage some of the problems associated with autism.


Treatment strategies used in autism include behavioral, educational, biomedical, and complementary therapies. Some of these are supported by scientific studies, while others are not. It is important to discuss and consider the research support for the treatments chosen

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