Many of our readers have been at this long enough to remember the controversy of using Lupron to treat autism. The doctors who promoted this treatment were pilloried and Lupron became the poster-drug for "quack" autism treatments. Well that ugly duckling as turned into a swan, as it is now praised for its safety in helping children with gender dysmorphia block puberty. Remember, there is to be NO TREATMENT for autism. You can change anything you want, even your gender (and God bless the children and their families who face this confusion.). You can NOT change your or your child's autism.
...Even though the Oakland family had agreed in advance that their daughter would start on blockers at the right time, “we had to reassure her constantly that we wouldn’t let it go too far,” she said.
When she turned 13, the girl started receiving monthly injections of Lupron, a widely prescribed sex hormone suppressor. “As soon as she started, you could just see the relief in her,” said the mother. “You could see it in her demeanor, in her mood; it was just a huge weight off her shoulders,” she said.
The family’s insurer, Kaiser Permanente, covered the treatment. Puberty blockers are considered “standard of care in the appropriate clinical circumstances,” said Erica Metz, medical director for Transgender Health at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. According to Metz, the treatment “gives patients and their families time to work with their mental health and medical providers to determine if it is appropriate to start transitioning.”