Treatment Options

No single treatment approach can take away all the traits of autism for everyone, but many behaviors can be positively changed with appropriate intervention.

While some students with autism attend regular school classes, most need training in vocational skills and community living skills at the earliest possible age.

To be effective, any approach should be flexible in nature, rely on positive strategies, be re-evaluated on a regular basis, and provide a smooth transition from home to school to community environments. A good
program will also incorporate training and support systems for caregivers as well. Rarely can a family, classroom teacher or other caregiver provide effective habilitation for a person with autism unless offered consultation or in-service training by a knowledgeable specialist.

Even people severely affected by autism can learn skills that will enhance their quality of life and help them reach their maximum potential.