There is no medication that can cure autism spectrum disorder or even treat the main symptoms. ASD is a lifelong, neurodevelopmental difference that impacts your child’s ability to function in the social/emotional areas of their lives.
However, there are medications that may help reduce the effects ASD has on their physical and mental health. For example, medication might help manage:
- high energy levels
- inability to focus
- sleep disturbances
Some antipsychotic medications have been found to reduce tantrums, aggression or episodes of self-injury.
While medications may help with these effects, it is important to consider appropriate behavioral and environmental interventions that can be used alongside this chemical intervention to help your child better manage their symptoms in the long run.
It is also very important to work with your child’s physician or psychiatrist to monitor the effects of medication used to help manage symptoms and to keep your health professional informed of any changes in your child’s diet, sleep cycle, etc.