As gleaned from Neurotribes:
Children with Autism receive an alphabetical soup of treatments and tests that include:
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Speech-language Pathologist (SLP)
- Individualised Education Program (IEP)
- Allergy Testing
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
- Holding Therapy
- Biomedical Intervention – Gluten-free Casein-free (GFCF) Diet & High-dose vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes and supplements
- Infrared Therapy
- Chelation – process of removing heavy metals from the body
- BioSET – enzyme therapy, acupressure, homeopathy and chiropractic
- Drinking camel milk
- Bleach Enemas
- Home Hyperbaric Chambers
- Healing through skull massage
These treatments and tests cost parents thousands of dollars each month; yet many of them were based on iffy science and evidence. The massive search for cure in the early 2000s was due to common perception that autism marked “the end of the world” for a child and that it was a condition that could be eradicated.
These days, we know that some if not most, autistic children can become independent and functional adults with behavioural and speech therapy. Also, we know that some may see vast improvement such that they are no longer ‘obviously’ autistic while others may see little improvement and still require work. Autism is no longer viewed as something to be or can be destroyed from within the child. It has become a condition to work with, to find acceptance and peace with.
The slew of misdirections highlight the desperation of parents to get the best help for their child. It also raises the importance of public trust in a nation’s scientific and medical bodies such that people are not compelled to seek alternative treatments from pseudo-scientific/medical clinics.