Treating Autism

There is no cure for autism. The symptoms are: deficits or limitations in social interaction, communication, and presence of restricted, repetitive behaviors. Currently, many therapy programs exist to address symptoms, such as behavior issues. The only evidenced-based intervention program for treating autism is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). However, this program is not effective for every person with autism. 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