The main goals when treating children with autism are to lessen associated negatives and family distress, and to increase quality of life and functional independence. It is a lifelong condition and treatment is typically tailored to the child's needs. Families and the educational system are the main resources for treatment.
Families are encouraged to spend time talking to and playing simple card games with family members affected with autism to help them to communicate better and to do simple tasks. Although many alternative therapies are available, few are supported by scientific studies. Treatment approaches do little to help support in quality-of-life contexts, and many programs focus on success measures that lack real-world relevance.