KNOWING "Therapies - OVERVIEW"
- (AUTISM, ADHD) Finds out what lies behind negative behaviors or difficulties in performing tasks, and then change environment and routines to improve a behavior.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- (AUTISM) An intensive reward-based training for a particular skill.
- (AUTISM) Builds on a child's own interests and strengths to develop social and emotional skills.
Social Skills Therapy
- (AUTISM, ADHD) Builds social skills, including what to say and when, and how to behave in different situations.
- (SPEECH PROBLEMS) Trains articulation and other talking skills.
- (mainly AUTISM) Builds daily living skills, including motor skills and sensory integration.
- (AUTISM) Builds up strength, coordination, and basic sports skills.
- (ADHD) Decreases the hyperactivity.
- (AUTISM) Builds playing skills that can be used to build other relationship skills.
- (AUTISM, ADHD) Uses pictures or video to model what to do or provide instructions or a daily schedule.
- (AUTISM, ADHD) Drugs (often first-hand treatment for ADHD but best long-term effects when combined with behavioral treatments), supplements, special diets or alternative treatments.
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Why: To explain the expected behaviour in different situations, for example what to do when standing in the lunch line.
How: Write a story, with out without pictures. The stories should be encouraging and clear, and adjusted to your child’s communication skills. Read & show your child when focused.
When: Repeat as needed.
Who: Is commonly used for Autistic Children but will work for ADHD-kids.
Research - Link Out: Either work well or not at all on children with autism
- Start with a Top 5 Tool.
- Decide your Goal before treatment.
- Is the treatment really working for my child?
- Tool Kits and problem guides from Autism Speaks
- Treatment options including some tips for ADHD.
- Find links about specific autism treatments.
SHOULD I TRUST RESEARCH OR PARENTS?
"Scientific studies are often poorly designed (small, not double-blinded), meaning their result may not prove true in future studies. There is little or no hard evidence for most autism treatments (at this point). Parents (and scientists) are often biased and want to see a result in a treatment. If given a placebo (no treatment) - 30% report improvement. There is also the possiblity that treatments may work but only for a sub-group. So maybe you should trust your gut feeling instead - what do you feel will work for YOUR child?"
- Be My Rails - Enabling & Awareness
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- What autism treatments are there, and what does research say? Read A-Z treatments list, summaries of scientific research, or find studies.
- What treatments and diet and supplements are used by autism parents? How well do parents say diets/ supplements and different drugs* work?
(*Please note, that the worse:better ratio contains errors and side-effects would in general not be expected from a supplement or diet change, making a comparison to medicines of lesser relevance.)