The CPEA is The Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders started a network to conduct research to identify the possible causes of autism. In 2002 NICHD provided more funding to the CPEA network – 60 million dollars, over a five year span.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development state that there is no single proven treatment for autism and autism spectrum disorders. The treatments they recommend, however, can help reduce the symptoms while helping with learning abilities.
Which treatments are recommended?
Behavioral Therapy – This includes ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBS), and Pivotal Response Training (PRT).
The FDA has not approved any medication for treatment use with autism. There are medications that can help with autism symptoms, but they are not officially approved by the FDA. These include Selective Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, trycyclics, and anti-anxiety drugs.
It is important to explore all treatment options for autism, which should include finding out if the treatment option has been medically and scientifically tested. There are many treatment methods which have little or no proven background on their effectiveness, with some claiming total cures or complete removal of symptoms without any medical backing to their treatment. One should be wary of websites claiming miracles, with no scientific proof of validity. Many of these unproven treatments for autism can have glowing testimonials in place of true data.
For more detailed information from the USA Government website: www.nichd.nih.gov
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