Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders


Autism Cures

There is research going on all the time on autism
and its causes and cures.

Unfortunately, while scientists know autism is
genetic, they haven’t found the genes that cause
autism nor have they found any metabolic reason
behind the disorder.

There have been a lot of sources claiming a cure
for autism, including using gluten and casein
free diet and other modifications.

Unfortunately, almost all of these claims have
lacked the real research necessary to show its

A real research study uses controls who don’t
receive the treatment as a way of comparing
those who got treatment with those who didn’t.

This eliminates bias and the possibility of
seeing a placebo effect, meaning that the
researchers see an effect because they want to
see something and they believe in the treatment.

In research review after review, the best form
of treatment has involved early intervention
with occupational and physical therapy.

While none of them have “cure” as the outcome,
they do provide a way for the autistic child
to receive the help he or she needs to function
in the world.

As of yet, there are no proven cures or medications
for autism.

If any website or organization says they have a
cure, ask for their double blind, randomized,
controlled studies to back up their claims.

Randomized, controlled studies are the gold
standard for good research and are the only way
to truly recognize a cure as being valid by
scientific standards.

There is no reason not to try something like a
gluten and casein-free diet even though there
is no “gold standard” research out there to
support it as a cure.

If it helps your child, then it’s worth doing,
despite what research is telling you.

Most likely, the cause of autism will be identified
through research long before any cure is developed.

That means that before a cause is identified,
you should keep an ear out for the known cause of
autism because out of that will come the definitive

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