There is no known cure for autism, but early intervention is very helpful in improving communication abilities and life skills in children with ASD. Speech-language therapy and occupational therapy can also be helpful. Other treatments include behavioral approaches, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), and developmental interventions. Medicine can sometimes be used to treat symptoms related to ASD, such as difficulties with attention or with sleeping. No single treatment is best for all children. Treatment should meet the child’s individual needs.
The goal of treatment is to help the child become independent and to improve the child’s quality of life. Early therapy and special education programs can help people with ASD gain self-care, social, and job skills. This can help them live enjoyable lives and contribute to their communities.