Asperger's Syndrome (Autism) Treatment FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of autism are you able to treat?
A: At the moment we are only treating Asperger's syndrome in the area of emotional connection.
Q: What happens if this process doesn’t work, or if it works only partially?
A: Then everything remains the same; or there might be just a certain percentage of improvement in the symptoms of the client.
Q: How does the client feel between treatments?
A: It is very individual how the clients feel between treatments. Some are free of symptoms after the first treatment; others take longer. Other clients are going through longer processes, depending on age and general health condition.
Q: Is a diagnosis of autism required?
A: Recommended, although we've found through experience that many clients have been mis-diagnosed and do not have autism of any sort.
Q: Are you willing to treat people with many different diagnoses?
A: We will make a decision individually from case to case.
Q: How many treatments are necessary?
A: That depends on the client and the client’s symptoms. The autism treatment requires a minimum of two sessions, but many people take three or four sessions. (These times doesn’t include any follow-up treatments for adjustment issues.) We typically treat the client in a three day residential setting, although we are now sometimes using over the phone treatments.
Q: How long does it take?
A: The first treatment can take up to 3 hours. Then an evaluation is made and, if not all symptoms are eliminated, there is repetition of the process.
Q: Is the client going to sit/sleep/be sitting with a parent or something else?
A: Yes. A parent is greatly preferred.
Q: Do you touch the client?
A: Not usually. For some clients a gentle physical touch might be necessary.
Q: If this process really works, why aren’t you famous?
A: The process is still very new, and not many people know of these techniques yet.
Q: How old are the persons who have been treated so far?
A: Our first group of clients were between 6 and 15 years old and are now living normal lives, going to school, having boy/girlfriends, etc. We now treat adults also.
Q: Have you been only partially successful in treated people, or even had to give up in helping someone?
A: Because people are very complex, we don’t expect to be able to help everyone. Currently, most of our clients have had excellent results, if they just have the problems we know how to treat .
Q: If the agreed upon autism symptoms are only partially eliminated, what is the fee?
A: There is no charge in this case.
Q: If I have more questions, where can I get an answer?
A: you are welcome to call the clinic near you directly, or write us via e-mail.
Q: Will follow up treatments be required?
A: It might be necessary, and we recommend it in most cases. The autism might be gone and yet other problems in the client that might have been suppressed for a long time can surface. (Example: fear of being alone, which is something the therapists we recommend can deal with.) In addition, the parents may have issues come up around their child changing. This is not included in the autism process fee.
Q: What can I expect after the treatment?
A: After a successful treatment, the client will experience great change as they adapt to a so-called normal way of living, one that they never have experienced before. Thus, they will often go through the developmental steps that they have missed out on due to their autism. As an example the client might have to learn to crawl/talk, depending on age and other factors.
Q: If the client has many different diagnoses, will all other symptoms disappear as well?
A: This process works only for autism and thus it does not necessarily affect any other symptoms from these other diagnoses. However, if the other symptoms were a result of the autism, we would expect them to disappear with time.
Q: Is the effect of the treatment permanent?
A: Our first treatment took place in 1999 and the results achieved have been stable ever since.
Q: Is medication used in the treatment?
A: No. We use PeakStates therapy techniques developed specifically for this purpose.
1.1 Dec 13, 2013: Updated the questions and answers to fit Asperger's syndrome.
1.0 Sept 29, 2009: First draft.