When someone you love is diagnosed with autism, the first thing that you likely think of is how you can help them and provide them with the services they need. This ever so important decision cannot be made lightly. It must be highly researched and thought over with the person in mind. Every person is different, meaning that each person’s treatment plan needs to be tailored and fit to them as an individual.
Here you will find a very helpful resource to aid in your research and help you make an informed decision about autism treatment.
The Evaluation and Categorization of Treatment Options
With ever-changing technology and medical interventions being researched and put to use in our world today, there are several different treatment options offered for people diagnosed with autism, while the vast majority lack any scientific data.
Because each case of autism is unique, each treatment is different and made to treat certain symptoms. To find the right treatment for your loved one, it is imperative to research and make sure the treatment option you are considering is proven to be effective and safe.
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) has compiled years’ worth of research and hands-on intervention to create a list of specific treatments proven to be effective, some that need more research, and some that are not yet studied or proven to be ineffective. This is an excellent and very credible resource that is backed by scientists and therapeutic professionals to help you make the most informed treatment decision.
Below you will find a list of the categories that treatments are placed:
- Proven Effective – This category includes treatments that have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating autism and are backed by evidence-based practices. This means that clinicians have used these practices firsthand with real patients and the results have been carefully documented, evaluated, and proven effective.
- Needs More Research – This rating is given to treatment options that have been researched and clinically tried but have not been researched thoroughly enough to receive the effective rating. These are often newer theories and practices that simply need more research and treatment trials performed.
- Ineffective/Untested – This category is used to categorize treatment options that either have not been tested or have been researched and tested and proven to be ineffective in the treatment of autism.
For each of these categories you can find accurate information explaining each treatment.