Behavioural treatments 'make autism easier to live with'

Posted on 15 August 2011

Behavioural treatments could make autism easier to live with, according to one expert, suggesting that those with the condition, who may be paying for care, should look into such management.

Dr Lars Davidsson, consultant psychiatrist and medical director at the Anglo European Clinic, commented that there are psychological and educational treatments available to those with the condition, which can help in modifying some behavioural issues.

He said that while these methods will not cure the condition, they can make it easier to live with.

This comes after Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, said that the internet could be linked to autism.

She suggested that such technology could cause changes in the brain associated with the condition.

However, Dr Davidsson pointed out that the "vague condition" begins at birth, before the usage of electronic equipment.

"I think they would have to provide a huge amount of scientific evidence to substantiate that claim [which] would have to stand up to scrutiny. Other types of claims - for example the link with autism to vaccinations - didn't," he said.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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