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Currently there are no known autism cures available. The diagnosis of an autistic child can be devastating for a family. Life is forever changed. There is so much uncertainty that must be faced about what autism is and why there are no autism cures. You may run home from the doctor's office to the Web in search of hope and find plenty of gimmick products and Eastern remedies that claim to be autism cures. But the truth, as of now, is that there are no magic autism cures. However, there is hope for your autistic child. There have been many successful treatments developed for autism. So until autism cures are known, we can at least mitigate the damage of this condition.

Autism Therapies

Your autistic child can be given many helpful therapies to accelerate your child's development to near-normal levels. None of these therapies are autism cures, or even total cures for the developmental symptoms, but they can be very helpful. Among the types of therapy often given to autistic children are physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, play therapy, medicated therapy, sensory therapy, music therapy, and speech therapy.

Alternatives to Medicated Therapy

Many people attempt to use supplements and herbs to treat autism. These have not been proven to provide a benefit, but anything nutritional may be of some unknown benefit. Care should be taken not to give your child anything without talking to your doctor. Many alternative herbs are dangerous for children, particularly if they are combined with medications with which your doctor may already be treating your child.

It is probably best to stick with providing your autistic child with a healthy lifestyle. You will want to make sure your child gets the best possible nutrition and regular exercise. Additionally, you may want to have your doctor test your child for allergies. You don't need to be feeding or exposing your child to any allergens that could be complicating the symptoms of autism.

If you do decide to test out various foods and substances on your child, you should do them one by one so that you can isolate any benefits or side effects to the addition of that new item in your child's body. After a few months you can try adding in another dietary change. None of this should be done without full consultation with a doctor who may have insights that are vital to your autistic child's health. Remember that there are no autism cures right now, so your goal should not be to cure your child. You only want to make life as pleasant and accommodating to your child as possible.

Autism Fact #1

Because of the special way autistic minds function, normal teaching methods don't work. Understanding how the autistic mind functions, allows you to take advantage of this functionality to provide specialized teaching that will help young autistic minds learn much more rapidly than they could with standard teaching methods.

Autism Fact #2

The autistic mind tends to function in a visual manner. Specialized teaching for autism makes heavy use of pictures. Using words to describe something is nearly useless. Providing pictures of what you are describing is much more successful. Even better though is taking the child to see the actual item or place being described.

Autism Fact #3

Take advantage of the natural skills an autistic child may have, instead of focusing on weaker points. It is interesting to note that although autistic children tend to be visual and are often very good at drawing, they can also be very good with music. Take advantage of this by creatively using music and art as part of teaching other topics.

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