Autism is a developmental disorder whose symptoms become apparent in early childhood. As it often manifests itself in various ways in different children, it is difficult to generalize these symptoms.
However, the most frequently mentioned ones are those concerning social interaction, communication problems and unusual behavior.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for autism, but an early and daily therapy and education can really help prepare children for future independent functioning.
An important component of the therapy of children with autism – as emphasized by a therapist from the National Autistic Society in Krakow, Ms. Bartnicka – are daily activities prepared according to a specific scheme/plan, aimed at developing social skills and teaching leisure skills. It is essential to stick to the plan as much as possible so as not to stress the child any more than necessary.
A popular method of treatment is behavioral therapy, but a new method known as the 3i method – intensive, individual, interactive – is also getting increasingly popular. Its main aim is to improve the communication skills of a child with autism through individual program sessions with volunteer therapists. Various volunteers visit the child in his or her home 40 hours a week, and the treatment consists mainly in spending time with the child, which then transforms into play.
There are also many occupational and supportive theraphies. These include, for example, hippotherapy, dog therapy and music therapy. One of the supportive therapies is also DrOmnibus. What counts here is that we skillfully stimulate the child’s development not just in the classroom but also at home.