Treating The Emotional Highs And Lows Of Autism

Autism is challenging for any parent. There is always the issue of people in public perceiving you as a bad parent when your child with autism has a meltdown in the store. There is always the assumption that your child is a spoiled brat, rather than people pausing to see that your child is differently-abled. You are always looking for ways to alter the behaviors, make them less challenging, and even avoid the behaviors completely. To do that, many parents with autistic children have tried the following autism spectrum treatments with varying degrees of success. 

Change in Diet

Changes in diet can impact how a child with autism feels. Have your child tested for food sensitivities. If they have a sensitivity to gluten, dairy, tree nuts, etc., it may help the behaviors by changing your child's diet. A less upset stomach and less abdominal discomfort during the digestion process can make a child more comfortable and respond less to the discomfort they previously experienced after eating certain foods. There is just one catch here; children with autism can be very picky eaters, and changes in diet that remove a lot of the foods they like to eat can result in behaviors as well. The change in diet has to happen slowly and gradually if it is to happen at all. 


CBD oil is used for a variety of maladies, including autism. For children with autism, it appears that CBD oil can calm them and help them focus their restless minds. It also seems to ease them to sleep at night, which may be helpful to any parent that has an autistic child that refuses to sleep. CBD oil is legal in most states, and as long as you are giving your child CBD oil with no THC in it, it is perfectly safe, too.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy works with kids on the spectrum when those kids are able to talk and listen. They have to be able to respond to the therapist's questions and talk through what they are feeling. In return, you and your child are given strategies and coping tools for managing times and places that might be overwhelming to them and might cause a meltdown. Your child learns some tools to self-regulate, and you may learn a few tools on how to recognize when your child is being overstimulated by the environment and needs to exit to a quieter place.