What Is Autism? ASA Guide to Diagnosing & Treating Autism
What treatments are there for autism?
With appropriate services and supports, training, and information, children on the autism spectrum will grow, learn and flourish, even if at a different developmental rate than others. Intervention may help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills that allow for greater independence. But just as there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies individuals with ASD, there is no single treatment that will be effective for all people on the spectrum.
There are a number of options for treating autism and the optimal treatment option depends on the individual in question. Most treatment options can be grouped into the following categories:
- Educational (i.e., Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA; Floortime)
- Biological (i.e., special diets; medications)
- Speech-Language Therapy -Related services (i.e., occupational or physical therapy)
- Communication (i.e., Picture Exchange Communication System or PECS; American Sign Language)
- Intensive Autism Services (i.e., treatment provided by a team of individuals in the home, classroom, or community)
- Sensory therapies (i.e., sensory integration; auditory integration)
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