Why Therapy Does Not Work for Autism Treatment

Why Therapy Does Not Work for Autism Treatment

Immediately when your child is diagnosed with Autism you must get therapy and specialist help right away…at least that’s what we are told by the mainstream masses. And yet, doesn’t it seem strange to you that while therapy and specialist intervention is pushed so strongly as being necessary for our kids, nobody can guarantee results?  Ever wondered why therapy does not work for autism treatment? 

I didn’t think to question the absurdity of this when my son, Aaron, was first diagnosed with autism at age three. I was too reactive to think straight, I guess.  They said my son needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and a behavioral interventionist 5 days a week when he was diagnosed, so I did what everybody in my shoes does. I freaked out and lined everything up as quickly as I could, and then I naively expected to see him progress just because I did what they said I should do.

But after watching my little guy fail all his IEP’s and slip further into the abyss of autism in spite of the specialist intervention help, I wised up. I became PROactive instead of Reactive, and I figured out that there were things I could do to recover my son, but it wasn’t what the “experts” were telling me.

The Motive Behind Typical Therapy: To Correct Autism Symptoms

The truth is that therapy for autism treatment is being pushed so strongly because most people aren’t sure what else to say or do with an autistic child. They say “Get Help” but they can’t specify what the help will actually accomplish.  It’s just considered necessary by mainstream. So, the help being sought  is aimed at correcting the autism symptoms… not the causes.

Most people still don’t understand autism and as a result, vast majority of therapies out there today are some scientific trickle-down effect of the blind leading the blind. These therapy approaches attempt to train a child how to behave normally and react typically to a world they don’t fit into or understand.

Much to the parent’s dismay, things work on days when when the child agrees, and seem futile on days when the child disconnects.  Some kids recover and some kids regress. It doesn’t seem fair.  In desperation, parents therapy-hop from one technique to the next, thinking that they just haven’t found the right therapy yet that will work for their child. But therapy-hopping is as bad as doctor-hopping and diet-hopping.

This “try and see” approach is founded in nothing other than the child’s whim and the parent’s search for a magic pill for autism recovery that doesn’t exist.

Successful Autism Recovery Models

Why do some therapies work with some kids and not with others? Well, having successfully recovered my own child and in speaking with friends who have done the same, we will all share the same advice. Here I want you to pay very close attention: Take advice on autism recovery only from those who have done it. I learned this lesson after vowing never to take advice from anyone ever again who hadn’t been directly in my shoes and succeeded at what I was attempting to accomplish.

Consequently, this requirement disqualified vast majority of medical professionals candidacy to work with my child. They have tons of initials and paper education, but they lacked the experience I required.  The experience in actual autism recovery.  If you also adopt this view, then you will suddenly know how to make sense of what you see when you look toward medical professionals for help. Keep in mind that everybody’s diagnosing autism, but only a handful are really involved in recovery. Those qualified professionals will tell you something else that’s completely priceless. It’s not so much what they can do for your child, but what you, the parent, can do for the child that really matters.

What Parent’s of Recovered Kids Know About Autism Therapy

Those of us who have successfully recovered our kids have a lot to teach. We didn’t do it alone, but we did take charge of the recovery process. We all have various things in common that we had to do for our kids, and guess what…therapy IS on the list. But do you know that there isn’t one single therapy we’ve all done and can all recommend? That’s because it isn’t so much the therapy that matters. It’s the circumstances around the therapy that make or break the success of the venture.

The consensus among us is that therapy only works when two conditions are met:

  1. The child must be ready to receive the therapy.
  2. The therapist must be intuitively gifted.

Is Your Autistic Child Ready For Therapy?

What does it mean for the child to be ready? Ready means your child is not sick, not in pain, intoxicated, or emotionally unstable. Kids cannot learn anything when they feel good. We don’t send our typical kids to school when they’re not feeling well because we know they can’t concentrate and feel like crap. They need extra rest, nourishment, love, and affection.

If your child is experiencing extreme sensory processing issues you need to understand that these issues need to be resolved before your child can benefit from therapy. If your child is intoxicated from caseinmorphin, gluteomorphine, or alcohol (from yeast overgrowths), these also need to be addressed before your child is ready to engage and benefit from therapy.

If your child is tantruming, numb, or otherwise emotionally insecure then they are not ready for therapy. You are wasting valuable time and money by putting the cart before the horse. Deal with these issues first before starting therapy. I highly recommend the GAPS diet. Read What is the GAPS Diet? for more information.

Choose Your Therapist, Not Your Therapy

Therapy isn’t a McDonald’s hamburger. Every time you go to those golden arches you can expect the same nasty burger every single time, regardless of what state or city you’re in. (Discount this example if in other countries…because we all know American food standards are unacceptable in Europe).

But therapy doesn’t work that way. Take 200 people who are all certified as speech therapists and consider if they will all be equally effective with your child. Of course they won’t. How about ABA therapist? Of course not. Physical therapist? Nope, not them either. After ditching mainstream approaches to autism treatment I left all of those therapy’s and dime-a-dozen therapists far behind…or I should say my son Aaron did as he began to recover.

Why Therapy Does not Work for Autism Treatment

Throughout his recovery, we used a  few therapies for my son, but I was always very careful to  evaluate my son’s response to the therapist and to determine if the therapist in question actually had a brain, intuition, and real experience recovering kids. Aaron had had too much time wasted with people who were trained to check boxes and fill out paperwork in the past.

So while there are certainly some therapies I would highly recommend, I always remind parents that it’s the therapist that makes the therapy work. And that the therapy can only work when your child is ready.

I certainly didn’t write this with the intention of offending any therapists out there, but those of you who truly rock know that what I say is true. Not everybody is equally good at their jobs. Some people get it, so when your child is ready to be involved in therapy be sure you remember this rule.

By the way, taking care of the first thing (not being sick, in pain, intoxicated, or emotionally unstable) can be managed with minimal expense and within a reasonably short period of time. Usually between 4 – 6 months. This isn’t very long in the grand scheme of things, so get your priority straight and then your child will be ready to progress without road blocks.

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