My son was diagnosed as Autistic less than a month ago. Since then I have been trying to read every book I can find and roaming the internet for help and answers. I recently came across a book in which the author indicated that autism can be cured with the proper treatment. Is this true? I am so confused as the books I read seem to contradict each other and no one seems to have a definitive answer. The author who indicated that it can be cured talked about changes in diet as a solution.
As the grandmother of another African-American boy dx'ed at 3 with ASD: I'm going to tell you what a told my daughter: He not infected or broken, so stop thinking he can be cured or fixed. Think of it this way, ASD kids speak a different language from us. Whether you know it or not they think very logically most of time and "we" DO NOT. Learn their language first, then you can teach them yours. You will need all the patience in the world, because they will not let you rush them. Enjoy your child just as he is. If he will not hug you, hug him until he tells you to stop. If he won't talk, you keep talking until he tells you to stop. You remember that they learn at their own pace. If they get overwhelmed they turn off. Learn the turn off cues. Love you with all my Heart.
Great answers. There's a difference between "cured" and "recovered". Cured means the kid is no longer Autistic but in order to cure something you would need to know what causes it. And no one knows what causes Autism. Recovered from Autism means that the kiddo is now indistinguishable from their peers and looses their diagnosis. They still have autism but have overcome it via treatments.
No one is being cured. But with effective treatment, many kids do recover. However not all kids with effective treatment recover. It's still worth it though because all kids improve more than they would without the treatment.
Our Boy is now 8, and is doing great. I agree with Bruniesmom, from 5 to 8 y/o is a world of difference. Brandyn had early therapy also he goes to Chicago Virtual Charter Public School with K12, which is a combo in-school and home school program.
Dedication and patience helps a kid succeed, autism can't be cured, but I can only tell you that my son is in a special needs class, with his occupational theraphy and speech therapy given since he was in Kindergarten, he had his first mainstream class in social studies this past thursday. You need to be dedicated and always looking for new ways of trying things for them, even when you become frustrated. Research and teachers that have very good communication helped my child so much!
I try and understand people who say that "autism" can be cured. I have heard Jenny McCarthy, Tony Braxton and Holly Robinson-Peete say this and I have never believed it. I think God gives these little angels to the parents who they know that through it all, we will take care of them with no thought to "if they can be cured". Some things are permanent and have to be worked on and worked at for improvement. A cure is not always an option and definitely not in the world of autism, but that is my personal opinion.
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