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Bio-Medical Treatments



Each individual on the autism spectrum is affected by the disorder in a unique way. Many individuals with ASD experience physical symptoms, which can include gastrointestinal (GI) tract issues, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune deficiencies, and seizures.1 Biomedical interventions focus on alleviating the physical symptoms of autism, which, ideally, will lead to a decrease in behavioral problems and an increase in appropriate social behaviors.



Biomedical treatments “seek to alter physiology or change the underlying processes that result in the symptoms of autism.”2 Biomedical treatments include special diets, gut treatments, and even chelation, which is the removal of toxic metals.3 Information about the major biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorder can be found below:


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The above biomedical treatments can be used in combination with one another and they are often combined with other treatment interventions.



The Autism Research Institute (ARI) and Autism Speaks are major advocates of biomedical treatments and research. The Autism Research Institute can assist parents and professionals searching for information on special diets, autism treatment ratings, tips for giving medications, and variety of other useful information. Autism Speaks has provided millions of dollars in grants for biomedical research on a global scale. Parents of children with autism are bombarded by an abundance of treatment options available for individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism 360 is a useful tool for parents searching for proven treatment methods. The site allows the parent to create a profile of their child based on their symptoms, life experiences, and other details and “offers treatment options that have worked for others with closely matching records.”4




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