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Autism: Therapy Option That Works?

This article has a surprise ending. Read all the way through to the end. Go with your gut above all. Special Needs Help. Autism. Autism Therapy Options that Work? Caregiver Support. ABA. Hope.

Autism – Which Therapy Option Works?

Autism.  It’s everywhere.  There are therapy options everywhere.  Which one works?

This post is aimed to shed light on which Autism Therapies work most of the time.  There are only a couple with real science based data behind it.  “Cures,” come of the scene often.  Which ones do caregivers choose?  How do we know what will be a blessing or a big bite in the pants?

Autism as IndustryAutism money maker and taker

After a quick google search, I think it’s important to note, what a financially draining industry this “Autism” is.  A Time Magazine Article estimated that the cost to raise an Autistic child, to adequately hire therapists, tutors, and such was estimated at: $1.4 million, just for an autism diagnosis.  If there is also an intellectual disability then the costs raise to $2.4 million.  (I have three with ASD diagnosis.  They all have learning disabilities on top of autism.  Excuse me while I go change my undies.  I read this article as the “Ultimate Debbie Downer,” as I have hardly any money for such endeavors as listed in the article – Ugh!).

In February 2014, another article, stated that “Autism,” is costing our government in America approximately $11.5 billion in 2011.  Guess what, in 2011 the statistics said one in eighty-eight children have autism.  Currently it is up to something like one in sixty-five.  Consequently now, we have more federal spending for education and healthcare on Autism.

The last article, I want to mention was found on Glassdoor.com where it is stated, that most therapist’s for those with ASD make approximately $76,000.00 a year and then some.  “What the what?!?”  I parent these kids and I sure don’t make that much, ugh!

Obviously, this seals the deal that “Autism,” is a money-maker.  Needlessly, I must state that not all the money-making is a stellar operation.  Many cures are mere profiteers looking for fast cash.  In a sea of so much financials being thrown around, what are we to choose?  Which Autism option works?

Autism Science Based Help

Autism therapy options are plenteous.  My “go to” in to or not to dive in, is data (I sound like my kid’s school IEP meetings and I don’t like it).  If science backs it up, then my time, energy, and finances will as well.

The biggest therapy option I see backed by science is ABA.  On  Milestones Autism Resources, see a great science, data based article on ABA.  This article also has a list of other science based therapies at the bottom that I found helpful.  What science says is best for autism, isn't necessarily true.

Asha.org has another great article with lots of treatment possibilities listed.  The most important things are:

1.  Go with your gut, you the caregiver know the child BEST!

2.  Get therapies within your means.  I put my family in big debt because my children’s behavior “scared” me.  I knew they needed help and I used a credit card heavily for speech therapy and Occupational therapies too.  Don’t do as I did.  Find assistance.

3.  If one door closes, find another door.  I mean if one option does nothing for your child, choose something else.  Keep searching and trying until you see results.

4.  Focus most on the child!!  Build on their strengths.  Bond, bond, bond.  High five, hug (if they will let you), play games, chase, build forts, wrestle.

In Closing

Autism, with so many therapy options it is overwhelming what to choose.  But here is the thing and this was the catalyst in writing this post: what works for one, may not work for another.  Let me lay the foundation better.

Today, I found news articles on Google like I do regularly.  Except, today I stumbled over this article that state’s Music Therapy doesn’t really help our kids.  Well, guess what?  I posted This Article about how Music Therapy HELPED MY SON!  Here is my point: Not one of us is the same.  We are ALL unique.  Even those with ASD, are completely different, that is why it is called a “Spectrum Disorder.”  What works for one may not for another.  Autism is elusive, tricky at best.

I watched my son blossom through music therapy.  His movements were more fluid.  The words coming out of his mouth made more sense.  But more than my son, I watched a Non-verbal, more “severely” affected boy sing while my son played the drums or guitar (? – not getting the best memory mommy award) at an Autism School here in Columbus, Ohio.  It was tear jerking.  I believe the song they played to and preformed was “Firework,” by Katy Perry.

Finding this article, I thought, “What the What,?!?” again.  My feelings were like, “How dare science!”  In closing, go with your parent/caregiver gut feelings above anything.

I have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome that Music Therapy would be completely torturous for me to put him in because he has always had an audible suffering when music is played in his hearing.  Do what is best for your loved ones, period.

Lastly, I believe the people around us are there for a reason.  If someone comes into your life-like our first speech therapist and gets you connected with a ton of free stuff, take advantage!  Or if someone comes into your life with special knowledge on a subject, like the girl who brought us Interactive Metronome, know they are around with reason.  Don’t sit by and watch these open doors close.  Take advantage.

What therapies have been game changers for your loved ones?  Please share in the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back again soon.  Blessings to you and yours today and always,

-Jenn

 

 

jenn
jenn
I live in Columbus, Ohio USA, grown up here all my life. I love yoga, walking, riding bike, reading, bargain shopping, serving at church. Usually though, I'm napping in a doctor's office waiting area with one or two of the Fantastic Four Children. My passion is helping other families with extra health, behavioral, and learning issues like mine. Let's enjoy life... TOGETHER. It's more fun that way =)!

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