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Autism treatments that work. 


 

If you are anything like me when it comes to naming a favorite movie, and appreciate the brilliance of a performance by Dustin Hoffman playing Rainman Raymond Babbit, you will appreciate the beautiful nuances and idiosyncrasies, the intelligence and endearing characteristics of an autistic individual.

Or you may be touched by the depiction of a genius afflicted as played by Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. 

Maybe you  identify at some level with Geoffrey Rush’s portrayal of the piano virtuoso David Helgott, who goes slowly and then suddenly mad.

But great and moving films aside, some of us have a deeper connection to mental disorder, one that seeks, for example, a solution for schizophrenia or an ADD recovery plan or an autism treatment that works to re-socialize and satisfy the needs of the patient and his or her family.  It is the latter, autism treatment, that demands attention here today.

If you study the autism treatment pamphlets, you will learn that many attempts are made to study and find solutions for a condition that includes abnormal social skills/interactions/responses, repetitive characteristics such as rocking or rituals, unique speech codes, and lack of affect (no eye contact, no sense of danger, value, importance, no humor, etc.).

You will also find progressive methods and approaches for autism treatments, some of which are aligned with western medicine, others which include more homeopathic approaches.  Some of the autism treatments include the following, which are here only briefly addressed but are by no means intended as medical advice in total:

Antibiotic Treatment

Anti-fungal Treatment- based on the notion that colon problems and common bowel problems are prevalent in autistic individuals, and can cause everything from hallucinations to the autism itself--anti-fungal therapies involve sugar-reduction, yeast-free diets, medications, and anti-fungal supplements.

Behavior Modification- based on the belief that behavior that is rewarded is more likely to be repeated, behavior modification as an autism treatment attempts to treat “inappropriate, repetitive, and aggressive” behaviors.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment- based on theories that autism and other developmental disorders take origin in viral infections, auto-immune disorders, and encephalitis (and encephalitic lesions), hyperbaric oxygen treatment has been studied and used to balance and return oxygen to the compromised blood supply to the brain.

Medications- based on the knowledge that various symptoms (focus problems, anxiety, aggression) accompany autism, medications are used to treat not the disorder as a whole but symptoms that appear in the autistic individual.

Naltrexone Treatment (NTX)- based on the understanding of an excess of opioids in the brain, NTX is a drug that works against the opioids by blocking them.

Other therapies and autism treatments are still under way, being studied, or coming under the fire of controversy.  Secretin, administered transdermally; stimulants, anti-depressants, benzodiazapenes, and even dietary modifications, for example, are, as always, touted by one group who find success and rejected by another group that worries about the dangers of mistreatment.

So it may be as it was with Rainman, when his brother took him to a small-town doctor and the intake nurse said, “Artistic?  He’s artistic?” 

Then again, it may be that the doctors and medical practitioners you seek support from will have the latest and most effective of autism treatments. 

Bless you in your search.