Teens with ASD: Medical Treatment with an Older Child

November 14th, 2015

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” that closes;, rather, we’ve seen many families start medical treatments with teens and adults with great success. As always, health is the main goal. Even if recovery doesn’t happen, every child deserves to be healthy; medical treatments provide the path to health.

My first experience with starting medical treatments with someone who was not a toddler came through the parent who introduced me to dietary intervention. My son was three; her son was 36 and nonverbal. When I met her, she had just put her son on the GFCFSF diet. Over the years, we’ve kept in touch. I am astounded at the amazing progress this man has made. He 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 testifies routinely that if it were not for medical intervention, he’d have needed placement in a home away from his family and community many years ago.

Many medical treatments work the same regardless of age. Administration may change with age, since many adults are more capable of swallowing pills or accepting an IV than a two-year-old. When treated for their medical issues, teens and adults can heal and excel, and it’s a wonderful sight! It’s never too late. There is help and there is always hope.
For adolescents or adults who are able to ask questions about medical treatments, a great book written by a teen who has been through it, explains medical issues, what all of the tests mean, and about treatments.

What Is My Mother Doing To Me?: A Teenager's Journey To Recovered Health Through Biomedical Interventions by Andrew Luke Zimmerman

More resources

Medical Treatment Basics

Medical Treatment on a Budget

Medical Treatment Autism Journey Blueprints

Health Insurance

Medical Basics

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