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Autonomous Mental Development (AMD) in children has been a recent area of much interest and controversy. There is much debate and confusion surrounding this term. Many children are being medicated and/or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the simple fact that they display a broad range of characteristics which are not found in other children their age. These include but are not limited to having problems with nonverbal behavior, including tantrums and being unable to control your movements. There is also much concern as to the effects these drugs can have on your child’s mental health.

Autistic children are often times very low in their self esteem and have a great difficulty relating to others. Some of the common symptoms seen in autistic children that we are all familiar with include but are not limited to; not responding to social cues, not speaking or responding to spoken words, making repetitive noises, insisting on their own way, unable to make eye contact with you, and so forth. These symptoms can be seen in a full spectrum of conditions, and as such there has been much debate as to whether the symptoms are a result of autism, or if they are normal variations within the autistic spectrum. Recently doctors have been more inclined to believe that the symptoms are a result of Autistic Mental Development and therefore may deserve closer scrutiny.

There are various treatment methods available to Autistic Mental Development children, but it is important to remember that they come in two flavors: medication and therapy. So what is the difference between these two treatments? Therapy is a structured type of treatment, which is done one on one with the child. Medication on the other hand, is a type of treatment which is either used to treat the symptoms of Autism, or to help manage them. Both of these types of treatment methods can have some beneficial effects on Autistic Children, but depending upon the severity of their symptoms, can vary in effectiveness. In addition, both methods can have the potential to cause some undesirable side effects.

While medication may be a preferred route for some Autistic Children, it should not be considered their only treatment option. With so many different types of medicines, side effects can be common, and can even become addictive when taken too often. As such, a more natural course of action may be a better choice for an Autistic Child. When seeking out treatment methods, it is important to discuss these options with your Doctor. They will be able to provide the best advice based upon the child’s individual needs.

So which treatment methods are most suitable? Generally, therapy is a method of treatment which tends to be more successful with mild cases of Autism. This is because the therapy tends to build the child’s skills, and teaches them how to function within their own framework. Often times, this involves working with the parents of an Autistic Child, to try and understand the behavior behind their child’s difficulties. By doing so, a greater understanding can be built up, which in turn can make further improvement more likely.

While therapy is often effective, it can be very expensive, especially when combined with medicine. Other treatment methods, such as behavior modification techniques, may also be beneficial. These techniques attempt to teach a child new ways to interact within their surroundings, as well as to learn how to live their lives normally. While this may not be the same for all Autistic Children, many tend to fare much better with this type of approach. It is important, however, to remember that these techniques are only meant as a temporary means of coping with Autistic-related behaviors. In most cases, they should not be seen as a cure at all.