Autism - Recovery?

Question:Does anyone have a child who has recovered (or is functioning normally...whatever you want to call) it? What kind of therapy did you do, at what age, for how long, for how many hrs/wk? At what age did they really begin talking?

Hi! There is no cure for Autism. I've have taught children with Autism, and we could best help them by enrolling them in a school which caters to children with special needs where they'll be assessed and taught depending on what areas needed to be improved, and most importantly where they'll gain social skills, learn how to interact with other people. Taking care of them requires all your time, support and love, since most their learning will still be at home, and you need a program for that, which the special school/teacher can provide and guide. Development of speech really depends on the degree of Autism, some learn how to speak, and others don't, but early intervention is the key. In the end, what mattters is that they learn to express what they need either through pictures or gestures, if not with words... : )
Trying to treat autism is like trying to teach a cat how to swim.

I am 25 years old, and my 29 year old sister is autistic. We are very close, and I see her daily. She graduated from college with a degree in medical transcription and a minor in music.

The only "therapy" we used was not to treat her as an outcast. You should never have to appologize for your child. My sister is a gift from God. She has taught me to be very patient and understanding to other people's needs. While she can be quite embarassing(lack of social graces) most people have excepted her. The only embarassment that I've seen is when I try to correct her in public, and I'm the one embarassed, not her.

I would suggest looking into what kind of programs your state has to offer. Many school districts have "Autistic Classrooms" which are more structured and geared towards the learning paterns of autistic children.

My sister was a very stubborn little girl. You can't find a picture of her smiling before the age of 13. She wasn't a mean girl, she just didn't like smiling for cameras.

Most autistic children have a "on button." My sister's was/is music. She is a brilliant musician(has perfect pitch) and could play the piano before she was potty trained.

The movie Rainman, with Dustin Hoffman, is very emotional for most families with autistic children. There are the stereotypes. My sister knows the birthdays of all my extended family (56 people.) She could tell you what time O.J. was aquitted, but she can't remember where she put her car keys. There is a tremendous amount of government funding to help children with autism succeed in society. I'm leaving a couple of links that you should look into. God be with you.
There is no cure for autism. How a person with autism will eventually function as an adult is due to myriad issues, some that can be easily classified and others that are just a surprise.

We do know that the most important key to helping people on the autistic spectrum succeed in life is early, intensive intervention programs with trained specialists. The sooner we diagnosis the child and get him into services, the better that child's chances are. Intensive speech therapy, working with behavioral specialists, trained teachers and other specialists all make a huge difference. As most children with autism are diagnosed around the age of two and a half, services should begin then/ My son went into services at the age of 23 months. He was non-verbal. By the age of 7 he had a working vocabulary and by 10 he speaks as much as any other child. However, speech is not always the most signifigant area, especially when it comes to a person with autism functioning in the adult world. Children with autism need intense life skills classes, exsposure to real life situations, intense socialization and support from trained specialists throughout the learning period. The thing to know is that as adults, most people with autism will still need some level of supportive it living in a supervised community to living on thier own but with regular check in visits to help in the work place to adapt . Autism never "goes away" really. This is something that both the child and the parents will work with and live with thier entire lives. It sounds scarey..and it often is. But I would no more wish my son to be someone or someway else than I would wish the sky to be orange.

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