Although there is no known cure for autism, evidence shows that early intervention is very successful in improving communication abilities and life skills in children with ASD. Speech-language therapy and occupational therapy can be very helpful. Other available treatments include behavioral approaches, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) and developmental interventions. Medicine is sometimes used to treat ASD symptoms. No single treatment is best for all children. Treatment should be tailored to meet the child’s individual needs.
The ultimate goal of treatment is to help the child achieve independence and to improve the child’s quality of life. A secondary goal of therapy is to lessen the challenges and family stress that can occur. The good news is that with early therapeutic intervention and special education programs, many individuals with ASD achieve self-care, social and job skills so that they can live enjoyable lives and contribute to their communities.