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Autism: treatments

Every autistic child is different from another. This is why treatments for autism must be individualized.

It is essential to take care of these children as soon as possible. Because the younger the child, the more malleable his brain is. And the more he is able to develop functions that can compensate for deficits due to autism. Language learning, the acquisition of non-verbal communication tools, the development of social skills ... are the main skills to aim for. The main objective is to promote, as far as possible, the social integration of the child. The establishment of a reassuring environment around the child, and the awakening of the senses of the latter, are other essential pillars of autism treatments.

The care must be multidisciplinary, and must involve teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, psychomotor therapists, speech therapists, etc. Not to mention the parents, who remain of course the mainstay of care.

Once the assessments have been made (psychological, psychomotor, speech therapist), the treatments and follow-up of autism can be put in place. It is often the child psychiatrist who coordinates this care. Depending on the severity of the disorders, the follow-up is done in the hospital (most often in day hospital) or in consultations. The treatment of an autistic child is therefore based on educational and psychological support that aims to reassure him and help him develop his communication skills. Drug treatment with neuroleptics may be indicated if the autistic child is suffering from a dangerous attitude for himself or for others. Melatonin (sleep hormone) may also be indicated if you have trouble sleeping.

Other therapeutic therapeutic approaches exist, but remain confined to research: diuretic, antibiotic, oxytocin during pregnancy, faecal transplantation (also called faecal bacteriotherapy), etc.

Associations of parents of autistic children exist and can offer support to families. Many people meet regularly to discuss their concerns. Some do not hesitate to contact teams of researchers specializing in autism to help better understand the disease and, who knows, to understand one day ...

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