When we relate “cure” with autism, it becomes quite debatable as medically speaking a cure for autism is not really known so far. However, “recover” can be a better word to relate to the autism problem. “Is autism curable?” This question indicates that people may consider autism to be a health condition or disease that they can overcome. However, there are some who argue that it’s not some disease and hence there isn’t anything to cure. According to the point of view of the conventional medical community autism can’t be cured yet and only a supportive treatment is possible like the drug therapies and behavioral modifications.
To have a complete understanding of the concept of a cure for autism, distinction has to be made between ‘recovery’ and ‘cure’. Conventional medicine, as well as those in autism medicine community, believe that autism can’t be cured yet. There are, however, various treatments available that also include the biomedical interventions for autism which may also be helpful for those on the autism-spectrum like diet, nutrition supplement intervention, Respen-A, Mythyl-B12 therapy, detoxification, etc. along with the non-biomedical therapies which include ABA, occupational and speech intervention. Also in the traditional medicine, treatments can be found, mostly the drugs, like Risperdal for suppressing the aberrant behavior. But the fact still stands that none of them are curative treatments.
Sometimes it is better not to use the phrase “cure for autism” in the consultations, lectures, internet postings or writings while discussing different treatments that might be available for the individuals who are on autism-spectrum. ‘Recovering autism’ can be a more suitable word. An analogy lies here. If you somehow end up breaking your arm due to some accident and with the passage of time the arm keeps on healing and reaches the point where it restores its movement and appears to be indistinguishable from what it looked life before accident then it will indicate the recovery from injury. But the injury would still have been suffered by the arm and hence it may not be possible for it to be totally cures. A broken arm may still be with you. However, what you have regained is the normal functioning of your broken arm.
Somewhat similar is the concept that has sometimes been applied to the “cure for autism”. Children, teenagers and the adults aren’t always cured from the autism condition. There are some individuals, however, who can recover from the situation, losing the diagnosis, as well as appearing indistinguishable from the peers. The autism gets reversed in these cases, almost all or most of the symptoms of the disorder have disappeared, and in the end they function normally like other people, however, they may sometimes still be classified as a person who has suffered from autism in the past.
It is a fact that, in certain cases, a cure for autism is possible and the condition is that it must be caught well in time. The percentage of curable cases is not really possible to tell, however, but the fact remains.