Treatments for Autism
“Curing” autism is not possible. Neither is “recovering” from autism. It is possible to improve the functioning of those diagnosed with autism. An improved function is best defined differently and specifically for each autistic individual, but the universal truth of improved function is better communication.
First, better communication of the brain within itself. MeRT is a form of brain stimulation that helps parts of the brain not communicating as they should. A brain that is functioning optimally can lead to dramatic improvements and learning in all the traditional forms of therapy for autism. Some of those traditional therapies are listed below. MeRT can aid and accelerate the progress of these therapies.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): ABA is a widely recognized and evidence-based approach that focuses on teaching adaptive behaviors and reducing challenging behaviors. It involves breaking down skills into smaller tasks, providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors, and systematically fading out prompts and supports. ABA techniques can be used to help explain MeRT treatment to children.
Speech Therapy: Many individuals with autism experience difficulties with communication and language skills. Speech therapy aims to improve language development, social communication, and speech articulation. It can involve various techniques such as picture exchange communication systems (PECS), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and social skills training.
Occupational Therapy (OT): OT aims to help individuals with autism develop skills necessary for daily life activities, such as self-care, fine motor skills, sensory integration, and behavior management. Occupational therapists work on sensory sensitivities, motor coordination, and adaptive strategies to enhance independence and functional abilities.
Social Skills Training: Many individuals with autism struggle with social interactions and understanding social cues. Social skills training can involve structured activities, group therapy sessions, and individualized interventions to help individuals develop social understanding, perspective-taking, and appropriate social behaviors.
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