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How long does it take to cure Autism? What is the treatment duration for autistic children?

This is a very valid question and often among the first few questions that parents of autistic children ask.

Like all other chronic diseases (like asthma, allergies, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, eczema etc) , the answer is that doctors do not know for sure. The treatment duration varies from individual to individual. It can be 1-3 years for a mild autism case and 5-10 years for a severe autistic case.

And ‘cure’ is not always possible. Cure means the child becomes absolutely normal. For mild autism cases, this is possible in many cases where the treatment starts early enough. For moderate to severe autism cases, we are usually looking at graded improvement over a period of time. The improvement can start from anywhere but usually we see that the classic signs like hand flapping, toe walking reduce first and eye contact improves marginally. Then we see improvement in understanding, comprehension, command following, speech, sensory issues, social acceptance and further eye contact. Some children improve on one variable first, other’s improve on other variables. Some children start responding within the first few weeks, others take a few months to show improvement.

If your child has recently been diagnosed with Autism, please understand that there are no ‘magic cures’ for autism. It is going to take lot of effort and time for your child to improve. You will need support of therapies like occupation therapy, ABA, speech therapy along with homeopathy.

Don’t be disheartened. Many children recover completely. Most mild to moderate cases are able to lead an independent life as adults. Prepare yourself mentally for a long journey ahead.

Don’t ask ‘why me?’ , ‘why my child?’ It’s a futile question and it’s not just your child. Today one in seventy children are suffering from autism.

 

 

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