Teens with ASD: Medical Treatment with an Older Child
The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi
Medical Interventions are not just for the very young. The beautiful thing about medical intervention is that there is no "window" during which medical treatments will only work, but rather we've seen many families start medical treatments with teens and adults with great success. As always, health is the main goal we strive for with our children, so even if recovery doesn't happen, every child deserves to be healthy and medical treatments is the path to health.
My first experience with starting medical treatments with someone who was not a toddler was the lady who introduced me to dietary intervention. Her son was 36 and my son was 3. She had recently put her nonverbal son on the diet and over the years, we've kept in touch. I am astounded at the amazing progress this man had made. Her adult son is now verbal and able to care for most of his own needs, medical treatments saved this child's (well, man's) life on more than one occasion. He's a lovely, helpful, thoughtful, capable man and his family testify routinely that if it were not for medical intervention, he'd have to have been put in a home away from his family and community many years ago.
The beauty of medical treatments is that it all works the same so age isn't a factor other than how you administer the treatments. Since most adults would be more able to swallow pills, or accept an IV than a 2-year-old would. The dosages will be different since they are weight-based, but when treated for their medical issues, we have seen teens and adults heal and excel, and it's a wonderful sight! Please don't ever think your child is too old, or it's too late to help him or her. There is help and there is always hope. Every child deserves to be healthy and it's never too late to start!
For adolescents or adults able to ask what's happening to them with regard to medical treatments, there is a great book, written by a teen that has been through it, which explains what's happening in their bodies, what all of the tests mean, and about treatments.
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