A parent will do anything to help their child. Upon learning that your child has autism, you will probably thrust yourself into finding whatever will help your child. Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of families in this situation and seek to profit out of others desperation. Simply stated, the autism community calls this “fad autism treatments.”
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been penalizing those behind fad treatments as these treatments are false, invasive, unproven and potentially dangerous. This includes Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS); chelation therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and more.
We would like to help parents make the best decision they can and encourage you to have a discussion about the information being presented with your health care provider.
Are They Offering A Fast Cure?
There is no validated overnight cure for autism at this time. There are evidence based therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that have been proven to ameliorate symptoms of autism and improve overall quality of life but it is a gradual process. Instead of a fast-acting fix, the objective of therapy should be to create goals for your child and allocating small steps in how to best achieve these goals. A marathoner does not run 26 miles on their first attempt. It is a gradual, shaping process and the same goes for autism treatment.
A one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to meet your loved one's individual needs. Though behavioral therapies don’t cure autism, research has demonstrated that such programs can bring about real improvements in development and function. Again, no treatment has been validated as an immediate cure for autism.
Is The Therapy Backed By Research?
Nowadays, caregivers are bombarded with news claiming new, innovative treatments for autism or cures. Unfortunately, there is often little to no validity in some of the articles we read today as some of the sites are simply bogus. Likewise, it is easy for companies to showcase client testimonials, but these are no substitute for evidence-based research published in reputable, scientific journals.
Where Can I Learn More?
To find scholarly research, caregivers should use a scholarly article search engine that ensures true peer-reviewed articles are being presented. A great place to start is a book written for caregivers by Dr. Sabrina Freeman entitled, “The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments, A Parent’s Handbook: Make Sure Your Child Gets What Works!”
Although understanding more about treating autism may be overwhelming, it is often best to speak with your medical provider about your options. They will most likely only recommend those scientifically validated treatments that have produced observable results, such as that of ABA.
CSERV delivers ABA services to families and their loved ones diagnosed with autism and we do so through videoconferencing (also known as telehealth). In conducting services this way it provides the caregivers to be directly involved in their child’s care through a more collaborative approach. To learn more on our services or speak to a clinician directly please schedule a time to meet with us!