From the University of Virginia, Health System:
There does not appear to be any known prevention for the occurrence or severity of autism. However, the CDC has identified several risk factors.
Children should be identified early by parents, teachers and doctors when treatment is most effective."An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Parents and doctors must remain diligent during the birth process.
"America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention." - U.S. Senator, Retired, Tom Harkin
"A search for appropriate treatment must be paired with the knowledge that all treatment approaches are not equal, what works for one will not work for all, and other options do not have to be excluded. The basis for choosing any treatment plan should come from a thorough evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses observed in the child." from the Autism Society of America.
The success of rehabilitation depends on many variables, including the following:
Helping Children with Autism:
Autism Treatment Strategies and Parenting Tips from ‘©Helpguide.org. All rights reserved. Helpguide.org is an ad-free non-profit resource for supporting better mental health and lifestyle choices for adults and children.’
This is a very well explained guide for parents of children with Autism including tip topics: Structure and Safety, Find Nonverbal Ways to Connect, Create a Personalized Autism Treatment Plan and Help and Support. It also includes an overview of the U.S. Government services for children with Autism with links to those services.
Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent's Guide
is an article on-line at Wise Old Sayings.com
The article is a list of resources on the following topics: General Resources on Autism, Parenting a Child with Autism and Communicating with a Child with Autism. The resource list is very comprehensive and each resource has a description.
The Guide to Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism offers background information on the health implications presented by ASD and physical limitations resulting from the symptoms experienced by children with ASD, along with resources and tips on the general benefits of physical activity, the benefits of swimming for children with ASD, resources for locating and accessing swimming lessons for your child with ASD, and other helpful resources to help your child experience the benefits of increased physical activity. This is a very comprehensive guide with many resources.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke publishes an Autism Fact Sheet which offers resources and comprehensive definition on what is autism, common signs of autism, how autism is diagnosed, causes of autism, heredity, treatments as well many other clinical researched resources.
Autism Resources Links is a large classified index of links to autism-related web sites. Included are web resources of all kinds including sites with information about various treatment options, sites dedicated to Aspergers, sites with accounts of the experiences of autistic people and their parents, autism organizations, and more. Frequently Asked Questions Memo (FAQ) includes a wealth of information and background material regarding autism contributed by people online. Includes definitions and descriptions of autism and Asperger's, a glossary of terms and acronyms, lists of related disorders, treatments, books, movies, history, organizations, initiatives, etc. Aimed at people who discover they need to know about autism, but valuable to all. Advice to parents who discover their child is autistic. A collection of messages from several parents on the AUTISM mailing list offering what they would have liked to have known when they found out their child was autistic. Includes recommendations of parents and other readers, books for children, for parents, for teachers, for professionals, accounts of autistic people, fiction including autistic people, and non-specifically-autism-related books that parents of autistic people have suggested as being helpful.
Disabilities: Guide to Autism is offered by the series, Know-the-ADA, from the Arizona Office for Americans with Disabilities. This guide offers a comprehensive article on Autism including definition, characteristics, discussion of possible causes, therapies and treatments, suggestions for parents, and misconceptions of Autism. The article includes a great list of resources to learn more about the Autism Spectrum and how you can seek treatment for a child with Autism.Reverse Autism Now is a website that was developed for Parents of autistic children from Parents with an Autistic child. The parent who developed the site are interested in assisting their child with Autism to get better. They recognize that not all Autism syndromes are alike but are interested in doing all they can to find out. The website is comprehensive in covering the topic of Autism with Resources, Information on Symptoms, Types, Causes, Testing, Treatments, Prevention, News and Research along with Autism Blogs.
1. Autism Information Center from CDC
2. Autism Society of America
3. Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
4. Autistic Culture from Wikipedia
5. Disability and Rehabilitation Handbook, by Robert Goldenson, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 1978, p.219.
6. Information on Gluten and Casein Free Diet
7. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
8. Person to Person, by L. Gething, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 1992, p. 63.
9. University of Virginia Health System: Growth and Development: Autistic Disorder (link no longer available)
10. Federal study estimates 1 in 88 children has symptoms of autism, (link no longer available) The Washington Post, David Brown, March 29, 2012.
For more on the topic of Autism
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