Therapies and interventions

As a parent of children with special needs, I know far too well how it feels to bombarded with information about 'treatments', therapies and interventions for our children. I also know that our job as parents is to help our children reach their full potential whatever that may be, so each of us needs to research the various methods available and decide on what we think will suit both our child's needs and the family's. In my personal opinion, the difficulties of autism need a multi-pronged approach. To only focus on the biological without also viewing things from a behavioural angle, or to work only on behaviour without addressing environmental and sensory issues, is akin to dressing a septic ulcer by sticking on a plaster. Unless antibiotics are given to clear up the infection, the underlying cause discovered and addressed and the wound cleanly dressed, then all that will happen is other ulcers will appear elsewhere. Just as a number of triggers seem to blend together to produce the many shades of the autistic spectrum, a cocktail of interventions and approaches are needed in order to tackle problem areas.

Now I am certainly not saying that autism can be likened to a septic ulcer (Luke would be extremely insulted at that one!), merely that the bad bits of it have to be approached from a variety of perspectives. Personally I don't want to cure my children and I know that Luke has written already about how offended he was when he read of interventions that he thought were devised to cure autism. He is proud of who he is and I am proud of who my children are; however there are many parts of autism that really are disabling and as parents or professionals, we must move heaven and earth to do what we can to help our children.

Here is a brief outline of some of the many therapies that are available for parents of children with autism to consider (see also Useful Websites). The list is certainly not exhaustive and many interventions are more commonly used in some areas and some countries than in others. Some interventions I have used with Ben, Luke or Joe, and others I have not. It is for each parent to decide what is best suited to help their child be happy and maximize their full potential whilst fitting in best with their family life.

Understanding And Treating Autism

Understanding And Treating Autism

Whenever a doctor informs the parents that their child is suffering with Autism, the first & foremost question that is thrown over him is - How did it happen? How did my child get this disease? Well, there is no definite answer to what are the exact causes of Autism.

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