At the present, there is no single universally accepted standard treatment for autism. In spite of the advances made in the various areas of the condition such as diagnosis, educational procedures and behavioral therapy, an effective cure for autistic spectrum disorder remains elusive.

While each of the methods commonly used has its oftentimes vocal advocates, they each also have their share of detractors.

Treatment for autism generally falls into four broad categories: biochemical, neurosensory, psycho-dynamic, and behavioral.

The biochemical approach to treatment involves diet and nutritional management, determining and addressing any existing food allergies, medication, and the administering of food and vitamin supplements.

The neurosensory approach involves techniques such as over stimulation and patterning procedures, sensorial integration, facilitated communication, auditory training, and daily life therapy.

The psycho-dynamic form of treatment involves procedures such as psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, holding therapy, and option institute. Option institute can also be said to fall under the behavioral approach of autism treatment.

The behavioral approach involves the use of discrete trials such as Lovaas and other forms, and behavioral modification either with or without aversives.

While the various forms of treatment outlined above have been placed in the categories wherein they are most appropriate, there is some overlap involved and some of these methods are often used in conjunction with other treatment methods that may belong in a different category.

Many medical experts believe that efforts must be made to determine the presence of any food allergies as early as possible. This is because a number of symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder can be traced to food allergies of some form.

Many of the effects of these allergies can be managed adequately either by drugs or diet management therapy. As with autism treatment methods on the whole however, there is no universally accepted medication for treating the symptoms of this condition.

A further complication is that some drugs that may produce positive results in one patient may not work for another and in fact may even produce negative results.

That being said, Vitamin B6 in conjunction with magnesium and certain other vitamins have been proven to be an effective treatment for autism in many cases.

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