A number of treatment options for autism spectrum disorders exist besides the programs designed to strengthen an autistic person’s communications, behavioral, and social skills.
Often these other treatments focus on issues with the autistic person’s body. The underlying ideas are to improve overall health, and/or that these other conditions may be causing autistic symptoms.
Some of these methods focus on the autistic person’s diet, either by addressing dietary intolerances and digestion problems, or improving the health of food choices.
Among the dietary methods is the removal of gluten, which is found in various kinds of grain, and casein, a protein found in milk products.
According to the Autism Society, other treatments deal with thyroid problems or try to strengthen the immune system.
One treatment, called chelation, is designed to flush heavy metals from the body.
The Autism Society states that many of the biomedical problems associated with ASDs can be treated to some degree and that the cumulative effect of a variety of treatment options working together can be substantial. However, it is important to stress that the vast majority of ASD is not caused by medical issues that can be treated and result in a cure for the ASD.
However, there is skepticism as to the effectiveness of some of these techniques because there is a lack of scientific evidence backing their success, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC warns that what works for one person may not work for another and that a method should be carefully investigated and vetted by a doctor before it is used as part of a treatment program.