Treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often involves a comprehensive program that addresses the education, development, and behavior of the child. Read on to learn more from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the different treatments for ASD including medications and alternative treatments.

Medicines have not been shown to change or improve the core symptoms of ASD; however, they may be helpful in addressing symptoms that affect daily functioning and a child’s ability to make developmental progress.

Medicines may be helpful when behaviors interfere with progress in a child’s intervention program. Such behaviors may include hyperactivity, inattention, irritability, aggression, self-injury, repetitive behaviors, mood disturbances, anxiety, and behaviors related to GI issues or sleep problems. The use of medicine is sometimes considered when these behavioral symptoms are judged to be interfering with learning, socialization, health and safety, or quality of life and in addition are not responding enough to behavioral...

You do not currently have access to this content.