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Treatment of autistic disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, NY 10016, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To present an overview of a variety of treatment approaches in individuals with autistic disorder.

METHOD:

Selected studies and articles are reviewed.

RESULTS:

In the past three decades, great progress has been made in the treatment of autistic disorder, particularly in the area of education and parental involvement, with the objective to transfer to home and in other situations learning acquired in school. A role for psychoactive agents, when combined with psychosocial treatments, has been identified.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although considerable advances have been made in a variety of interventions-educational, psychosocial, and biological-knowledge about the comparative and combined efficacy of the various treatment modalities is lacking. From the parents' perspective, particularly, support and continuity of services require improvement.

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