Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Autism Treatment

There is no cure for autism, and there is no particular treatment that works for everyone. However, there are many options for therapy. Behavioral therapy, communication therapy, educational therapy, and physical therapy all play a part in treating autism. No medications have been designed to specifically treat autism, but medications may help control some of the symptoms of autism. The most commonly used types of medication include antidepressants, which help control anxiety, and antipsychotic medications, which help control aggressive behavior.

Treatment for autism includes:

  • Autism therapy:
    • Behavioral therapy: to reduce aggressive behavior
    • Communication therapy: to improve communication skills
    • Educational therapy: to find special ways to successfully educate individual patients
    • Physical therapy: coordination training and exercise reduce stress and anxiety
  • Medications for autism:
  • Special diets for autism:
    • Gluten free diet for those who are sensitive to gluten
    • Casein free diet for those who are sensitive to casein
    • Vitamin or mineral supplements for those who develop vitamin or mineral deficiencies

Autism Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of autism.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Autism Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat autism:

Continue to Autism Warning Signs

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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