There are no meds that treat the autism itself, but many children take meds to treat the symptoms of autism. Anxiety, aggression, ADHD, insomnia, FTT, OCD, etc. Children who exhibit extremes of behaviors that fall into a treatable category, such as anxiety or aggression, are often given medications to try to control or limit those behaviors. Others prefer to use alternative therapies, such as diet changes, ABA, etc. and all are legitimate therapeutic approaches to treatment, so don't let anyone tell you that whatever you are doing or want to try is a wrong approach to treatment. Only you know what is right for your kid & your lifestyle.
Now, for my own kid, yes, he takes medication, specifically for his extreme anxiety that may or may not be directly related to his having autism. Without the anti-anxiety medication, he cannot get through his day, but with it, he's a different kid and a happier one, too.
at 2:29 PM on Mar. 20, 2010