Table of Contents
- Can autism go away with age?
- Why do some people think autism can go away with age?
- Role of early intervention
- How Can Therapy Significantly Improve Autism Symptoms?
- Unlocking a New Path: How Folate Deficiency and Autoimmunity Might Link to Autism Severity
- Which autistic children are most likely to improve?
- Did You Know About Folate Receptor Autoantibodies (FRAAs) and Brain Development?
Can autism go away with age?
Why do some people think autism can go away with age?
Role of Early Intervention in Autism
How Can Therapy Significantly Improve Autism Symptoms?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
- To learn new skills such as communication, social interaction or emotional regulation
- Reduce challenging behaviors such as injurious behaviors, meltdowns & repetitive movements
- Help individuals with ASD gain independence, improve their quality of life, and integrate fully into their communities.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
OT plays a crucial role in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by focusing on enhancing their ability to perform activities essential for daily living.
- Daily living skills: OT helps individuals with ASD master tasks like dressing, bathing, eating, and household chores, promoting independence and self-care.
- Social skills: OT can equip individuals with ASD with strategies for effective communication, building relationships, and navigating social situations confidently.
- Fine motor skills: OT can address fine motor challenges like handwriting, buttoning clothes, and using utensils, improving overall coordination and dexterity.
- Emotional regulation: OT can teach individuals with ASD coping mechanisms for managing emotions such as anxiety, frustration, and meltdowns.
Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT or SI)
SI is a type of intervention specifically designed to help individuals on the autism spectrum, overcome challenges related to their sensory processing. SI works by using play-based activities and sensory-motor tools.
Speech-Language therapy addresses difficulties with speech, language comprehension, and expression, improving communication skills and overall functionality.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety, depression, and other challenges.
Other Supportive Autism Therapies
Other therapies such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Animal Therapy are also used by therapists to achieve desired outcomes.
Unlocking a New Path: How a Folate Deficiency and a particular Autoimmunity Might Link to Autism Severity
Focus on Folate:
Folate (vitamin B9) plays a crucial role in brain development and function. Recent studies show that insufficient folate may lead to a condition termed cerebral folate deficiency syndrome, potentially impacting neurodevelopment. A major contributing factor to cerebral folate deficiency syndrome is the presence of folate receptor autoantibodies. These autoantibodies block the folate receptor alpha and constrict proper folate transport into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. Lack of proper folate into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid may have a negative impact on proper neurological function. Alarmingly, research indicates that many children with ASD have tested positive for folate receptor autoantibodies. This may indicate a correlation between folate receptor autoantibodies, cerebral folate deficiency syndrome and autistic symptoms. Most promising, however, has been that this specific population (those that have tested positive for folate receptor autoantibodies), has responded positively to folinic acid (a reduced folate that is able to bypass the blocked folate receptor alpha), resulting in improved speech, behavior, and communication skills. This is a very exciting development!
Hope through Diagnosis and Treatment:
A simple test termed FRAT® can detect the presence of these folate receptor autoantibodies, leading to a personalized treatment plan. By providing alternate forms of folate, such as folinic acid that bypass the blocked receptors, one can potentially minimize the impact of cerebral folate deficiency syndrome and reduce the severity of some autistic symptoms in those patients that have folate receptor autoantibodies. As with any medical condition, a physician’s diagnosis and authorization is required. Please reach out to your medical professional and discuss this very important subject.
Which autistic children are most likely to improve on their symptoms?
- Early Intervention: Receiving comprehensive services and targeted therapies like those mentioned above as early as possible can significantly enhance outcomes and maximize long-term development.
- Cognitive Abilities: Children with higher cognitive scores tend to experience greater improvements in language and adaptive skills compared to those with lower scores. However, cognitive ability is not the sole determining factor, and individuals with lower scores can still thrive with appropriate support.
- Severity of Symptoms: Generally, children with less severe symptoms and fewer challenging behaviors may exhibit greater improvement compared to those with more significant challenges. However, this doesn’t diminish the potential for progress in all cases.
- Family Support: A strong and supportive family environment that actively participates in therapeutic interventions and provides consistent care can positively impact the child’s progress and well-being.
- Access to Quality Resources: Having access to a team of qualified professionals, specialized programs, and adequate resources can contribute significantly to positive outcomes.