Children with autism often have medical conditions that cause or make the symptoms worse. Biomedical treatment varies depending on the child’s initial and ongoing assessment by a physician. Children who have had a normal period of development prior to regressing into autism seem to benefit the most from these treatments if started as early as possible.
Biomedical treatment stems from an underlying belief that the biochemistry of the child’s gastrointestinal, immune and neurological systems is disrupted for many reasons. Because no single cause for autism has been identified, determining what may help a child is a very complicated process. Biomedical treatment aims to sort out some of the issues that lead to the problems these children experience. It is not a cure, however.
If your child benefits from biomedical treatment, it may improve behaviors, sleep, health, attention and social/communication skills, and gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain.
Biomedical treatment is not:
- A substitute for primary medical care
- A social skills curriculum or behavior management program (i.e. ABA)
- Occupational Therapy
- Special Educational Support
- Speech Therapy
It enhances the effects of the above but cannot replace those services.