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How long is treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder? (Therapy Wise)

Confused with recently diagnosed son... (2 and half years old)

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Asked by chalaki at 12:39 PM on Nov. 2, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • It depends on how "behind" he is or what he needs to be the best he can be. Some last for years while others only months. It also depends on how severe his case it, some kids that are mild will take less time than someone with severe AS.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 12:43 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • i only half agree with midnightmoma

    The actual therapy sessions might only last a few months or a few years if the child responds well to the treatment. BUT they will ALWAYS need the treatment. From what i understand, early intervention isn't just about teaching the child it's also about teaching the parent how to teach the child. And that parent will have to "treat" the child for the rest of the parents life. ASD is a life long condition that cannot (at least for now) be cured. Most children with ASD do respond well to early intervention therapy, but there are some things that will never "go away" when it comes to a person with ASD.


    Answer by outstandingLove at 12:51 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • My son is 6 with a dx of Autism. he has been in therapy since he was 18 months old. He is also considered high functioning. As he gets older, his social skills need to keep up with his peers. To do that he is in a social skills group. But, what he learns today, may not work in 6 months or a year. Heck, it may not work next week. Have you checked out any of the groups for moms with kids on the spectrum? Autism/aspergers/PDD is a great one.

    Answer by tracy0812 at 12:53 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • I have worked with Autistic children. Some have recieved therapy for extended periods of time. It depends on what their issues are and what treatment they are recieving. I went to school, worked in the home and community with clients. Of course, every state has different treatment available as well. But early intervention is typically best. But the parents must follow through with treatment as well, so there is consistancy. Otherwise, therapy isn't going to be as affective. Good luck. Feel free to email with any questions.

    Answer by MissHeidi0304 at 1:05 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • For most, it's a lifetime thing. People don't "outgrow" ASD, so they may need some type of therapy forever, or not. My 12 yo is moderately affected, he is in a special class at school, and has outside speech and occupational therapy. His therapy has been continual since he was diagnosed. My 9 yo is extremely high functioning, is mainstreamed, and received no outside therapy and hasn't since he was 5.
    It depends on which end of the spectrum your child is on, and what their specific needs are. My kids received early intervention therapy until they were 3, and then they were transitioned into the county school system where they have special preschools specifically for children with ASD.

    Answer by missanc at 1:51 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Forever, it doesn't end. HOWEVER, you do not have to continue therapy if you don't feel it is helping or you simply can't afford it. We stopped after a year.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • LIfe long. When they're not in formal therapy, you're still working with them at home to teach them coping skills and other things.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:54 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • It definitely depends on the child and the severity of their ASD. Usually, the earlier you start therapy, the less time you might have to spend in it in the long run. Again, though, it depends on the child and what their needs are. Some kids are treated for a while and then discharged if they are felt to be up to speed. Sometimes kids may need a shot of therapy here and there as they develop (or not develop) to catch them up a bit. The main thing is that you don't want them falling too far behind developmentally, although even that is difficult to monitor. ASD is a developmental delay, so they may always be a bit behind. There is no right answer to this question.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:14 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • My daughter is 22 and has had therapy all through school. She does go to talk therapy every so often for stability.
    However if she had never had 16 yrs of intense treatment then I cannot imagine how bad her Asperger's would be

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 2:00 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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