We all know that autism has no cure. There's no magic pill that reduces or reverses it's symptoms. No one can guarantee a time bound treatment plan. What comes to your mind when you think of AUtism Treatment? The only available option is to teach the child , the skills needed to communicate and interact with the world through therapy which can bring about changes in symptoms. Many of the kids need therapy for a major part of their lives. Autism mostly exists along with other psychiatric conditions like OCD, ADHD etc. Hence parents' need to tackle autism as well as other disorders that coexist with autism. Therefore to suppress symptoms of co-morbid conditions for which there are medicines available, parents should take help of these medicines. These medicines help children to be calm and help parents and trainers to focus on teaching them behavioural skills ,social interaction mechanisms and help them overcome their autistic characteristics. Infact there are tested and proven medicines for ADHD, OCD, irritability,depression and these medicines ensure us immediate benefits with negligible side effects. This ensures that the child is not restricted by these conditions and enables him/her to take full benefits of the autism therapy.
Effectiveness of Medicines
ADHD is present in majority of Autistic children i have come across. Methyl phenidate (Brand name: Ritalin or Addwize) is a widely used medicine with high success rate in combating ADHD. It helps child in gaining attention thereby greatly improving his academics and learning skills. Common side effect is low appetite. However the appetite returns to normal once the child is off the medication. If we weigh the benefits vs side effects, what the child stands to gain by medication is huge. I personally know kids who have benefited from methylphenidate and have excelled in academics. I have also come across parents who don't give medicines to their child as they go by the fact that Autism has no medicines and carry the fear that english medicines for ADHD, OCD can severely affect the child. Parents don't give much focus to conditions like ADHD and hope that it will improve as the child gets older or is benefited by therapy. Long term studies of methylphenidate has proven that its a very safe drug and has been used for decades. Its' painful to see children exhibiting aggressive behaviour or uncontrollable hyperactivity when it could have been controlled by medicine and Autism treatment more effective.
Don't fear medicines...
The fear of english medicines due to the ignorance and limited knowledge leads people to alternative medicines.This is more so in Asian countries and my first hand experience in my country, India shows that percentage of parents choosing alternative medicines for their kids to treat ADHD, Autism is dangerously high. Many of the parents choose Homeopathy. Homeopathy is preferred because its considered free of side effects , which i also agree because homeoepathy is nothing but placebo.
I'm posting the extract and download link of a large study done by National health and Medical Research Council of Australian Government. NHMRC clearly states that homeopathy is nothing but placebo.