Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

Child diagnosed with mild autism. Delayed speech, hyperactivity. On speech therapy. Further treatment options?

my son is diagnosed with mild autism after delayed speech. we have done speech therapy and he has improved but he is still hyperactive and his verbal communicate is limited. we are considering alternative therapies and someone has suggested looking at his chemical system and supplements/ diet augmentation ( DAN). what option are available to improve his long term outcome?
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  93
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for placing your query with HCM,
Autism is a disorder that affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication and is marked by severe difficulties in communicating and forming relationships with people & in developing language. It is not a mental illness and neither is not caused by bad parenting.
Autism is described as a ‘spectrum’ disorder. This means that it can present in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe.
Autism is a complex lifelong disorder & with an early diagnosis, and an intervention (training and teaching) that is tailored to the special needs of each autistic kid we can help him to progress towards her maximum potential.
Many people with autism can lead a fairly independent life through early intervention and with support from their family, friends and professionals.
No cure exists for autism, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. There is a range of home-based and school-based treatments and interventions .
The goal of treatment is to maximize the child's ability to function by reducing autism symptoms and supporting development and learning. Your doctor can help identify resources in your area. Treatment options may include:
• Behavior and communication therapies. .
• Educational therapies. Children with autism often respond well to highly structured education programs. .
• Family therapies. Parents and family members can learn how to play and interact with their children in ways that promote social interaction skills, manage problem behaviors, and teach daily living skills and communication.
Your son appears to have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in addition to autism.
Kindly see a developmental pediatrician & child psychologist also so that a treatment plan can be made for him.
As far as I am aware , unfortunately there is no evidence that any specific diet or alternative therapy is of any proven value in autism.
Hope you find the information useful.
Best regards.
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor