Treating Autism

There is no cure for autism. The symptoms include: deficits or difficulties in social interaction and communication, rigid repetitive behaviors and restricted areas of interest. Currently, many therapy programs exist to address symptoms, such as behavior issues. One of the most effective evidenced-based intervention program for treating autism is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), but due to the unique and varied presentation of autism, it is not uncommon for any one individual to experience success in one treatment program, without any progress in another. Unfortunately, this can lead to significant loss of resources (time/financial) for families who pursue several treatment programs before finding one that works. Additionally, individuals at different ages and functioning levels require intervention plans that can look very different.

The “menu” of treatment options available for children with autism include:

    Behavioral therapies
    Social and Relationship-based therapies
    Speech-language therapy
    Occupational therapy/Sensory Integration
    Recreational therapy
    Educational programming
    Alternative therapies