personal hygiene, and dressing. Since its initial trail in a 1987 study, this program has greatly improved the social and communication skills with individuals with ASD (Axelrod, 2012). The program is intense, generally requiring a minimum of 25-hours a week and one on one session with either an ABA therapist or the parents of the individual, and typically takes 12 months to complete the program. If there are no signs of improvement, the person is reevaluated to find better strategies to work on behaviors. Another form of behavior therapy is Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH). The biggest component in TEACCH is the incorporation of parents. The program is designed to help parents better under ASD and give trainings tools that should be implemented at home with the ASD individual. The program consists of 12, 90 minutes success with a clinician training the parent on the structure of the training. Eventually, the parent would begin to take a bigger role in the education of their child under the supervision of the clinician. One of the biggest benefits of this therapy is that research shows parents training in the TEACCH program have reported less stress when interacting with their ASD child (Welterlin, 2012).
Medication can also be used to help deal with behavioral and/or certain psychopathologies. Neuroleptics may decrease aggression, agitation, labile affects, hyperactivity, and stereotyped movements. Since some ASD individuals develop epilepsy, anticonvulsants can curtail 35-50% of seizure activity. Lithium may reduce self-injury and SSRIs could help reduce anxiety, obsessional, and self injurious behaviors but should be use at very low doses since there might more side effects in ASD individuals than with those who are intellectually disabled. Lastly, Buspirone can help reduce agitation and aggression.
The root of all mental illness, including ASD is sin, which has caused separation between humanity and God (Isa. 59.2). The further we became separated from God, the further we fell into sin, this is evident when looking at the one sin Adam did in comparison to the sins of those in the time of Noah. Since sin is the cause, the only remedy of the consequences of sin is acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. However, sin will not be destroyed until judgment day.
Since humanity is created in the image of God, we need to be minded that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psa. 139:14). Being wonderfully made is God’s image is not just for typical individuals but those with ASD as well. People tend to think that individuals with severe ASD need to be shunned and separated from society. Granted, there are some who need special supervision, a lot of people with ASD can live in mainstream society. This issue is of particular issue in many churches. Congregants and some Pastors struggle with having ASD individuals in the sanctuary during service since...