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World Autistic Pride Day: 8 Approaches to Autism Treatment Therapy

World Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated in 2005

It is an event hosted by those falling on the Autism Spectrum Disorder

While autism can’t be cured, it can be managed through targeted therapies

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Dr. Tara Rar
June 18th, 2021
7 mins read

World Autistic Pride Day is celebrated on June 18 every year, to raise awareness about autism and applaud the neurodiversity and uniqueness of those who fall on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated in 2005, by an organisation called Aspies for Freedom. One of the heart-warming things about this day is that the celebrations aren’t organised by corporations or charities. Instead, the event is completely managed by those falling on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

The day also serves as a way to abolish the stigma attached to autism, encourage acceptance and focus on the individuality of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. On June 18 every year, autistic pride is represented by an autism pride symbol: a rainbow-coloured infinity sign. It symbolises the diversity within the community, their pride, and the infinite possibilities that exist for those who are autistic. 

This year, on June 18 Autistic Pride Day, why not educate yourself about the condition and the therapies that exist to help those with autism lead a better quality of life? 

What is autism?

In a nutshell, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a broad term that is used to talk about a number of neurodevelopmental disorders. Those who fall on this spectrum typically have difficulty in communication, social interactions, as well as limited or repetitive behaviours. The word ‘spectrum’ is used as usually the symptoms vary, as does their severity. 

Children most commonly show signs of autism by the time they are a year old. That said, symptoms may also show up around the 18–24-month mark. It is at this stage that doctors  are able to make a proper diagnosis. Also, it’s important to note that ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder has various sub-types. These pertain to the presence/absence of an intellectual or language impairment, association with a medical/genetic condition, association with environmental factors, association with other neurodevelopmental, behavioural, mental disorders and occurrence in combination with a condition known as catatonia. 

While many promise an autism therapy cure, know that autism isn’t reversible or curable. That said, intensive therapy can help a person diagnosed with autism lead a better quality of life. 

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Risk factors of Autism Spectrum Disorder

So far, doctors haven’t found a single cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Given that the symptoms and their severity vary, it’s more likely that a range of factors contribute to ASD. 

Genetics seem to be a key factor. For some children, ASD is a product of a genetic disorder such as fragile X syndrome or Rett syndrome. Similarly, genetic mutations (inherent or those that develop spontaneously) also increase the risk of a child suffering from ASD. 

Apart from this, the following are said to be risk factors of ASD: 

  • Having a sibling diagnosed with autism 
  • Being born to parents who are older than most 
  • Having a low birth weight and/or metabolic disorders 
  • Being exposed to toxins and heavy metals 
  • Being born pre-term, that is before 26 weeks of gestation 

While it’s still to be determined whether air pollutants and factors such as viral infections and complications during pregnancy can cause ASD, it is a myth that vaccinating babies can result in ASD. It has been proven that vaccines are safe and don’t cause autism

Autism treatments and therapists

Autism treatment therapy or autism therapies are extremely effective. They not only help reduce symptoms, but also greatly improve a person’s ability to communicate and take care of themselves. 

Occupational therapy: When it comes to autism treatment, occupational therapy is a must. It helps children with learning everyday tasks, be it dressing themselves, eating by themselves or getting ready for school. This therapy is tailored to the things or tasks that a particular child struggles with. 

Animal therapy: If you’re looking for an unconventional autism treatment, animal therapy may be it. It helps with teaching children social skills, empathy and communication through interactions with animals such as dogs, horses and birds under the supervision of an experienced therapist. 

Physical therapy: For children diagnosed with autism, physical therapy treatment is especially effective. It helps build muscle strength and control, balance and motor skills. Through physical therapy, a child with autism can play with other children and interact much more easily.

Stem cell therapy: When it comes to unconventional autism treatment, stem cell therapy can’t be ignored. Certain studies suggest that when stem cells are given intravenously, they can improve neural connectivity, thus benefitting children with ASD. 

Speech therapy: Are you searching for an autism treatment in speech therapy? If so, you’re on track. Speech therapy is one of the most essential therapies as it helps children express themselves and communicate with others. Apart from verbal instruction, it also focuses on non-verbal cues such as eye contact and usage of gestures. 

Apart from knowing about the therapies that help children with ASD, it’s important that you find the right therapist. This will allow you to measure your child’s progress regularly and learn how to best address their needs at every stage of development. Additionally, partnering with a specialist will allow you to make sense of terms you see online, be it autism treatment India G therapy or autism treatment dolphin therapy.

Find a therapist who understands your child’s needs on Bajaj Finserv Health. View a list of top specialists in your city and book an online or in-person appointment. What’s more, you can get discounts and special offers from selected healthcare providers. Book an appointment and get started right away! 

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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