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What was the top 3 treatments that helped your child with ASD?

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PipinJo Sun 07-Aug-11 17:50:49

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blueShark Sun 07-Aug-11 17:55:02

Retained Reflexes

Agnesdipesto Sun 07-Aug-11 17:59:09

1. ABA
Right now we don't need anything else!

graciousenid Sun 07-Aug-11 18:16:43

1. ABA
2. Melatonin
3. lots & lots & lots of time outdoors, visiting places & meeting people

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sun 07-Aug-11 18:39:14

1. PECs
2. Hanen Salt
3. Special school from 3 til 5
4. TA at MS school

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sun 07-Aug-11 18:42:29

Ooh yes
5. Eye q fish oils

How about what didn't work?

1. GFCF diet.

sphil Sun 07-Aug-11 18:43:17

Growing Minds programme (ABA/VB)
Biomedical regime (diet/supplements)
Fantastic 1:1 TAs at school

sphil Sun 07-Aug-11 18:43:39

Oh and PECS - oops - too many!blush

graciousenid Sun 07-Aug-11 19:32:24

I missed one too - Makaton, vital in getting ds communicating.

What didn't work - was either waste of time or counter productive:
1. traditional speech therapy
3. autism outreach 'social skills' advice
4. portage
5. sensory diet
6. everything CAMHS came up with for food phobias
7. GFCF (though it did coincide with ds' eczema clearing up - hasn't returned since reintroduction)

graciousenid Sun 07-Aug-11 19:35:12

oh & all those bloody visuals they tried to make us use for schedules & waiting - we have at various times used a now/next first/then board & token board within ABA programme to address specific issues but faded them very quickly.

IndigoBell Sun 07-Aug-11 20:11:23

1. AIT
2. Retained Reflex Therapy
3. Osteopath

What didn't work
1. Behaviour support team grin
2. Old school sad

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sun 07-Aug-11 20:16:38

That reminds me.

Also didn't work.

Makaton. (Too abstract for my DS)

This is really interesting, just gies to prove that an standard ASD method just isn't appropriate. They are all as different as can be! grin

PipinJo Sun 07-Aug-11 20:27:32

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PipinJo Sun 07-Aug-11 20:28:14

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Vinniesbisqwits Sun 07-Aug-11 21:09:42


I think none other than the AIT will work well unless in SS simply because in SS they are intertwined they have to be full to get the benefit, I agree in dribs and drabs and only partly executed by teachers or TAs with little or no training how on earth do the LEA expect them to work.

Vinniesbisqwits Sun 07-Aug-11 21:11:50

sorry missed out what didnt work:

1, social stories
2, visual timetable

anonandlikeit Sun 07-Aug-11 22:03:23

specialist OT preschool
Wonderful TA'S & MS primary

TheCrunchyside Sun 07-Aug-11 22:12:49

interesting that so many rate AIT. What age was your dc when they had the treatment. ds is 5 and was wondering about trying next year when he is six.

TheCrunchyside Sun 07-Aug-11 22:15:57

I would say floortime (random home-made usage only) and his younger sister have been our best interventions. also found early birds course insightful

best medication - iron supplement - poor mite was so exhausted and it took far too long for it to be diagnosed and treated (still angry about this)

CinnamonPretzel Sun 07-Aug-11 22:25:32

We're just about to start ours but at the top until now has been:

Omega 3 with vitamins and minerals
A brill teacher in MS school
Home made visual routine aids and a lot of patience & love grin

My new list is likely to be:

SIT incl. a home diet
And the above minus the best teacher in the world smile

silverfrog Mon 08-Aug-11 08:00:42

In the order we did them, ours would be:

Gf/cf - this gave dd1 the headspace to be able to learn. Prior to gf/cf she was in a world of her own, and unable to relate to people or concentrate at all really.

ABA - first part time at home, then full-time ABA school.

Growing Minds - we used them not for an ABA programme, as dd1 was already at ABA school, but to help us regain some of our family balance, and sort out the relationships between dd1 and dd2, and how to get around treated them differently/having different rules for the pair of them etc. Also because dd2 was exhibiting strong signs of PDA, and clearly needed some kind of social intervention (she is advanced academically) and an ABA home programme which was about the home, not about education iyswim.

ArthurPewty Mon 08-Aug-11 08:53:31

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IndigoBell Mon 08-Aug-11 09:49:20

Leonie - you're not weird. I think most people (especially in RL) don't do any extra therapies.

But, you know from reading here, that if you do do some of these therapies you might be able to help your DC, your whole family, and yourself.

And if you don't do any therapies - your DC will still grow up and learn.....

magso Mon 08-Aug-11 10:36:34

Well ds (now 11) is a bit unusual and his ASD was hidden from the experts in amongst his delays. If I had his early years again with todays insights and early dxs it would of course be different. Without a Dx most of what we did was aimed at general delays.The things that helped:

Floortime type home made approach from early on
Salt from an ABA trained private salt from age 3
Special school ( at 7- would have been so much better earlier)
Horse riding at age 7 -8 start of empathy development
Fish oils ( from age 3)
Salt in ss

Things that did not help
diet (GF)
MS education ( because very poor support)

magso Mon 08-Aug-11 10:40:04

should have added to the helpful list -
lots of chances to run off energy
learning in the field - (walking playing)

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