My suggestion for primary school going children are, every child should get herself checked at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months by a pediatric doctor or an early childhood health care provider for any developmental delay or autistic characteristics. Parent’s experiences and concerns are very important in the screening process for young children. Sometimes the doctor will ask parents questions about the child’s behaviors and combine those answers with information from autism screening tools, and with his or her observations of the child.
Children who show developmental problems during this screening process should be referred for a second stage of evaluation, carried out by a team of pediatric doctor, child psychiatrist or psychologist, a neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist etc. They will look for cognitive or thinking skills, language abilities, and age-appropriate skills needed to complete daily activities independently, such as eating, dressing, and toileting. I am also of the opinion that the treatment should start as soon as the diagnosis is made. Working closely with a doctor or health care professional is an important part of finding the right treatment program.
Treatment for Autism
No matter how old a person is most autistic benefit from treatment. At all levels of ability they can improve after well designed interventions. Though there is currently no one standard treatment for autism, there are many treatments to minimize the symptoms and maximize their abilities. Research has showed that they can use their abilities and skills if they receive appropriate and continual therapies and interventions starting from an early stage. The most effective therapies and interventions are often different for each child. However, most people with autism respond best to highly structured and specialized program. In some cases these treatments may help them to function at near-normal levels. Researchers have also shown that diagnosis and interventions, such as family training, speech therapy, hearing impairment therapy, physical therapy, nutritional therapy etc., during preschool or early school are more likely to have positive effects on symptoms and skills at a later date. It is important to have treatments focused on a person’s specific need.
The most common therapies recommended by others and endorsed by me are Behavioral Management Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Early Intervention Therapies, Educational and School-based Therapies, Attention Therapies, Medication Therapies, Nutritional Therapies, Occupational Therapy, Parent-mediated Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Therapy, Speech-language Therapy, Breathing Therapy, Yoga, Visualization, NLP, Meditation, and other De-stress Therapies.
Educators & People with Autism
With the ever growing number of children with autism, it is very important that all educators are well-versed about their needs. Some of my suggestions for the educators are, decrease sensory stimulus of the autistic child, stick to your routine schedules, provide an outline for each assignment to help student’s transition between the required tasks, use more visuals to teach, keep your communication and language straight and clear, keep including social skill teaching along with other teachings, and last but not the least treat each child with patience, understanding, respect and love. Remember they too are humans with feelings, and do not like any type of negativity in their interactions.
Schools and educational institutes should be aware and remain well equipped to help autistic children work around their difficulties. Teachers at all grade levels must remain prepared to provide accommodations designed to mitigate those learning difficulties. With the right and appropriate classroom facilities it is possible to overcome barriers to learning and help children with autism tackle schoolwork and socializing with their peers with confidence.