Autism Counselling in Newtown, NSW

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Anna Costello
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
I'm Anna, a Psychotherapist and Art Psychotherapist I am registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I offer children, young people and their families a safe space to talk about what is going on for them. I believe visiting your therapist should be as routine as going to the gym. I've gained experience at Headspace, I have been working at Child Development Solutions for years where I facilitate social skills groups for children and young people on the Autism and/or ADHD spectrum and ODD. I am gentle and empathetic in my approach.
I'm Anna, a Psychotherapist and Art Psychotherapist I am registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I offer children, young people and their families a safe space to talk about what is going on for them. I believe visiting your therapist should be as routine as going to the gym. I've gained experience at Headspace, I have been working at Child Development Solutions for years where I facilitate social skills groups for children and young people on the Autism and/or ADHD spectrum and ODD. I am gentle and empathetic in my approach.
(07) 4520 2366 View (07) 4520 2366
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Arzu Aksu Chapman
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, NSW 2042
Tailored strategies for ADHD and Autism empower individuals, while couples benefit from a nuanced understanding of neurodivergent dynamics and LGBTQ+ relationship nuances.
You, seeking understanding and connection in a world that often feels overwhelming. My ideal client navigates the intricate landscape of neurodivergence—be it ADHD, Autism, or related experiences. In couples, I welcome those facing unique dynamics, including neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ pairs. Your issues may vary, but the core need is universal: a safe space to explore challenges, cultivate understanding, and forge a path towards fulfillment. As a passionate therapist specializing in neurodiversity and couples therapy, my approach transcends conventional methods. Let's embark on a journey where acceptance and growth intersect.
Tailored strategies for ADHD and Autism empower individuals, while couples benefit from a nuanced understanding of neurodivergent dynamics and LGBTQ+ relationship nuances.
You, seeking understanding and connection in a world that often feels overwhelming. My ideal client navigates the intricate landscape of neurodivergence—be it ADHD, Autism, or related experiences. In couples, I welcome those facing unique dynamics, including neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ pairs. Your issues may vary, but the core need is universal: a safe space to explore challenges, cultivate understanding, and forge a path towards fulfillment. As a passionate therapist specializing in neurodiversity and couples therapy, my approach transcends conventional methods. Let's embark on a journey where acceptance and growth intersect.
(02) 8403 1928 View (02) 8403 1928
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Emily Radford
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Emily (they/they), I'm a compassionate and dedicated Provisional Psychologist with a strong commitment to supporting clients from diverse backgrounds. As a non-binary, queer, and neurodivergent clinician, my lived experience aids me to innately empathise with some of the experiences clients may be navigating, sparing the need for extensive explanations on LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent aspects of identity. My experience encompasses a broad array of client presentations, including ADHD, Autism, gender identity, gender dysphoria, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, family and relational conflicts, complex trauma/abuse.
Hi I'm Emily (they/they), I'm a compassionate and dedicated Provisional Psychologist with a strong commitment to supporting clients from diverse backgrounds. As a non-binary, queer, and neurodivergent clinician, my lived experience aids me to innately empathise with some of the experiences clients may be navigating, sparing the need for extensive explanations on LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent aspects of identity. My experience encompasses a broad array of client presentations, including ADHD, Autism, gender identity, gender dysphoria, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, family and relational conflicts, complex trauma/abuse.
(02) 9100 0147 View (02) 9100 0147
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King Street Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
We provide clinical sexology services for individuals struggling with sexual dysfunction, sexuality services for LGBTQIA+ individuals navigating shame, internalised homophobia and coming out, psychometric testing for ADHD, Autism, and other disorders, as well as offering treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and much more.
King Street Psychology Clinic provides a safe space for individuals to explore issues relating to their gender, sexuality and general mental health concerns. We are a team of over 15 clinical psychologists, psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, speech pathologists, and psychiatrists, providing clinical assessment and evidence-based therapies for adults, adolescents, children, and families in the Inner-West of Sydney.
We provide clinical sexology services for individuals struggling with sexual dysfunction, sexuality services for LGBTQIA+ individuals navigating shame, internalised homophobia and coming out, psychometric testing for ADHD, Autism, and other disorders, as well as offering treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and much more.
King Street Psychology Clinic provides a safe space for individuals to explore issues relating to their gender, sexuality and general mental health concerns. We are a team of over 15 clinical psychologists, psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, speech pathologists, and psychiatrists, providing clinical assessment and evidence-based therapies for adults, adolescents, children, and families in the Inner-West of Sydney.
(02) 9158 6282 View (02) 9158 6282
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Broady Robertson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
In my practice, I address a wide range of concerns including, gender identity, gender dysphoria, ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, addiction, suicidality, interpersonal difficulties, and trauma/abuse.
Hi, I'm Broady (he/him), an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker deeply committed to improving mental health outcomes for neurodivergent individuals and the LGBTIQA+ community. With a personal background as a queer and neurodivergent individual, I bring a unique perspective to my practice, understanding firsthand how stigma and discrimination can adversely affect mental health. I am dedicated to providing trauma-informed, neuro-affirming, sex-positive, and sexuality and gender affirming care, ensuring a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment where everyone is respected for their individuality and encouraged to be themselves.
In my practice, I address a wide range of concerns including, gender identity, gender dysphoria, ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, addiction, suicidality, interpersonal difficulties, and trauma/abuse.
Hi, I'm Broady (he/him), an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker deeply committed to improving mental health outcomes for neurodivergent individuals and the LGBTIQA+ community. With a personal background as a queer and neurodivergent individual, I bring a unique perspective to my practice, understanding firsthand how stigma and discrimination can adversely affect mental health. I am dedicated to providing trauma-informed, neuro-affirming, sex-positive, and sexuality and gender affirming care, ensuring a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment where everyone is respected for their individuality and encouraged to be themselves.
(03) 7003 2814 View (03) 7003 2814
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Kate Evans
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
My clinical experience is in managing a wide range of psychological problems in adults, adolescents and parents looking for support with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression, personal development, managing perfectionism and procrastination, interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem, and the challenges related to ADHD and Autism.
I am mindful of creating a safe, non-judgemental environment as a clinical psychologist who draws upon evidence based therapies to empower my clients to build self-awareness and improve their quality of life. I support clients in processing their emotions, developing a better understanding of who they are and how best to break free from negative life patterns that have exacerbated their psychological challenges. I also have extensive experience in parenting and child behaviour concerns. I work collaboratively with parents to identify and address child behaviour and emotional needs to help your child and manage your own wellbeing.
My clinical experience is in managing a wide range of psychological problems in adults, adolescents and parents looking for support with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression, personal development, managing perfectionism and procrastination, interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem, and the challenges related to ADHD and Autism.
I am mindful of creating a safe, non-judgemental environment as a clinical psychologist who draws upon evidence based therapies to empower my clients to build self-awareness and improve their quality of life. I support clients in processing their emotions, developing a better understanding of who they are and how best to break free from negative life patterns that have exacerbated their psychological challenges. I also have extensive experience in parenting and child behaviour concerns. I work collaboratively with parents to identify and address child behaviour and emotional needs to help your child and manage your own wellbeing.
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Chrissy Antonopoulos (Online Telehealth)
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychologist working with people experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, trauma, eating and body image concerns, stress/life changes, grief/loss, chronic health conditions and disability. I have an interest in assessment and experience with Autism, ADHD, learning, intellectual and adaptive functioning assessments. I can provide reports for NDIS and education/school plans. I have lived experience of disability and work from an affirming, collaborative and empowering framework. I work with people of all ages and am currently only offering Telehealth services.
I am a Registered Psychologist working with people experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, trauma, eating and body image concerns, stress/life changes, grief/loss, chronic health conditions and disability. I have an interest in assessment and experience with Autism, ADHD, learning, intellectual and adaptive functioning assessments. I can provide reports for NDIS and education/school plans. I have lived experience of disability and work from an affirming, collaborative and empowering framework. I work with people of all ages and am currently only offering Telehealth services.
(02) 9053 4329 View (02) 9053 4329
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Danielle Melia - Affirming Wellness
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
There are a few areas of focus that I love supporting clients with; 1). The intersection of the following specific areas, or simply one of these more nuanced areas; people coping with trauma, understanding and managing their neurodivergence, the LGBTQIA+ community, addressing sexual health and intimacy issues, and trans-friendly and knowledgeable healthcare. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
There are a few areas of focus that I love supporting clients with; 1). The intersection of the following specific areas, or simply one of these more nuanced areas; people coping with trauma, understanding and managing their neurodivergence, the LGBTQIA+ community, addressing sexual health and intimacy issues, and trans-friendly and knowledgeable healthcare. 2). Everyday client concerns like managing anxiety, low mood, or relationship challenges. 3). Healthcare professionals grappling with burnout symptoms or demanding standards associated with their careers. 4). Adult ADHD/ Autism assessments.
(03) 5905 7089 View (03) 5905 7089
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Carey Little
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
Finding a therapist that fits with you is daunting! I have a relaxed and patient nature and have experience with a wide range of ages, cultures and experiences. I also love a good metaphor, to laugh and to engage humour in our sessions as we work together. We will collaboratively to reconnect you with who you want to be. Together, we will work as a team in a safe and friendly space where there is no judgement only respect for you as an individual. I'm here to help you build a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to you.
Finding a therapist that fits with you is daunting! I have a relaxed and patient nature and have experience with a wide range of ages, cultures and experiences. I also love a good metaphor, to laugh and to engage humour in our sessions as we work together. We will collaboratively to reconnect you with who you want to be. Together, we will work as a team in a safe and friendly space where there is no judgement only respect for you as an individual. I'm here to help you build a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to you.
(02) 9100 0680 View (02) 9100 0680
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Kodi Duruchukwu
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
As a provisional psychologist dedicated to serving minority communities, particularly the LGBTQIA+ and ethnically diverse, and disabled communities, I am driven by a profound passion for providing affirming care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of their identities and experiences. My name is Kodi, and I proudly identify as a queer woman, which not only informs my professional endeavors but also fuels my commitment to fostering healing and empowerment within the queer community. My journey into the realm of psychology was deeply influenced by my own lived experiences as a person who is a QBIPOC.
As a provisional psychologist dedicated to serving minority communities, particularly the LGBTQIA+ and ethnically diverse, and disabled communities, I am driven by a profound passion for providing affirming care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of their identities and experiences. My name is Kodi, and I proudly identify as a queer woman, which not only informs my professional endeavors but also fuels my commitment to fostering healing and empowerment within the queer community. My journey into the realm of psychology was deeply influenced by my own lived experiences as a person who is a QBIPOC.
(02) 9159 6657 View (02) 9159 6657
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Corey Ferguson
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
Corey Ferguson is a committed and empathetic provisional psychologist, who places significant emphasis on the welfare of individuals within indigenous, neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ communities. Corey brings extensive experience and evidence-based knowledge, and endeavors to establish a secure and neuroaffirming environment where clients can freely explore and navigate their distinctive paths to wellness.
Corey Ferguson is a committed and empathetic provisional psychologist, who places significant emphasis on the welfare of individuals within indigenous, neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ communities. Corey brings extensive experience and evidence-based knowledge, and endeavors to establish a secure and neuroaffirming environment where clients can freely explore and navigate their distinctive paths to wellness.
(02) 9159 6647 View (02) 9159 6647
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Veronica Gomez
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
Veronica is a bubbly, queer and neurodiverse psychologist and has been working as a psychologist since 2010 and prides herself on her ability and experience with working with people from all walks of life and corners of the world. Veronica’s has a passion for working with people who are of the LGBTQIA+, Neurodiverse, First Nations communities, and those who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.Veronica’s strengths are helping clients feel safe to be themselves and to share their story, knowing they will be accepted for who they are. Veronica’s approach is very down to earth, empathetic and warm.
Veronica is a bubbly, queer and neurodiverse psychologist and has been working as a psychologist since 2010 and prides herself on her ability and experience with working with people from all walks of life and corners of the world. Veronica’s has a passion for working with people who are of the LGBTQIA+, Neurodiverse, First Nations communities, and those who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.Veronica’s strengths are helping clients feel safe to be themselves and to share their story, knowing they will be accepted for who they are. Veronica’s approach is very down to earth, empathetic and warm.
(02) 9100 0832 View (02) 9100 0832
Elena Ivanovska
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
Empower your journey to well-being with Rise and Thrive Counselling in Sydney. Explore professional support for mental health, relationships, and personal growth. Elena Ivanovska, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Sydney offers holistic and evidence-based approaches to address anxiety, depression, relationship issues and more for youth, adult and couples counselling. Locations include Liverpool, Bankstown and Newtown.
Empower your journey to well-being with Rise and Thrive Counselling in Sydney. Explore professional support for mental health, relationships, and personal growth. Elena Ivanovska, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Sydney offers holistic and evidence-based approaches to address anxiety, depression, relationship issues and more for youth, adult and couples counselling. Locations include Liverpool, Bankstown and Newtown.
(02) 8105 5337 View (02) 8105 5337
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Chris Theodoridis
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
I am a registered psychologist, board approved supervisor and SIRA registered. I have also had extensive experience with NDIS clients, workcover, career coaching and vocational assessments/ reports.
I am a registered psychologist, board approved supervisor and SIRA registered. I have also had extensive experience with NDIS clients, workcover, career coaching and vocational assessments/ reports.
(02) 9100 0069 View (02) 9100 0069
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Tim Bullivant
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
My clinical practice focuses on children, adolescents and young adults. I have experience treating a wide range of presentations.. I would suit clients seeking an affable and approachable clinical psychologist. I use an attachment framework throughout my work, helping clients to understand interpersonal patterns and to develop strong and protective relationships. I have specific interests in treating eating disorders and trauma, and supporting neurodivergent clients using a neuroaffirming approach.
My clinical practice focuses on children, adolescents and young adults. I have experience treating a wide range of presentations.. I would suit clients seeking an affable and approachable clinical psychologist. I use an attachment framework throughout my work, helping clients to understand interpersonal patterns and to develop strong and protective relationships. I have specific interests in treating eating disorders and trauma, and supporting neurodivergent clients using a neuroaffirming approach.
(02) 9100 0279 View (02) 9100 0279
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Bronwyn Davies Glover - As You Are Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
Hi, I'm Bronwyn. I am an integrative, empathic, person-centred therapist bringing holistic, somatic, creative and dynamic approaches to the intersections of anti-oppressive, trauma informed practice. I offer inclusive, accessible therapy that values every aspect of the client. This means that I view each client as a whole person with a unique worldview informed by the stories of their mind-body experiences. Each unique individual requires a uniquely individual approach and this approach is grounded in the principles of trauma care; safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, empowerment and choice.
Hi, I'm Bronwyn. I am an integrative, empathic, person-centred therapist bringing holistic, somatic, creative and dynamic approaches to the intersections of anti-oppressive, trauma informed practice. I offer inclusive, accessible therapy that values every aspect of the client. This means that I view each client as a whole person with a unique worldview informed by the stories of their mind-body experiences. Each unique individual requires a uniquely individual approach and this approach is grounded in the principles of trauma care; safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, empowerment and choice.
(02) 8074 1609 View (02) 8074 1609
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Jane Rabie- Play Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, NSW 2042
Often children don’t have words to describe their experiences and feelings and instead reveal them through behaviours which can be misunderstood. They may get into trouble, be labelled, or disconnect. I work with children and families just like this. As a carer, reaching out for support can be the hardest step. I work closely with you and your child through Play Therapy which is relationship based therapy for children aged 3-12 years. Play is a child’s natural way of communicating and Play Therapy creates the environment where the therapist enters into a child’s world and understands the experience from their perspective.
Often children don’t have words to describe their experiences and feelings and instead reveal them through behaviours which can be misunderstood. They may get into trouble, be labelled, or disconnect. I work with children and families just like this. As a carer, reaching out for support can be the hardest step. I work closely with you and your child through Play Therapy which is relationship based therapy for children aged 3-12 years. Play is a child’s natural way of communicating and Play Therapy creates the environment where the therapist enters into a child’s world and understands the experience from their perspective.
(02) 9100 0607 View (02) 9100 0607
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Kirthana Selvaraj, Art Therapist, AThR, Counsellor
Art Therapist, AThR
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I aim to support you within areas of relationship issues, family conflict, building confidence, racial trauma, burnout, diverse body image, gender and sexuality, work stress , imposter syndrome, social justice fatigue, coping with anxiety, depression and loneliness. My therapeutic stance is deeply embedded in an intersectional philosophy. I offer Art Therapy, where I support you to explore, using imagination, metaphor and symbolism, I also offer Counselling that is progressive, relational, creative and adaptive to your therapeutic goals.
I aim to support you within areas of relationship issues, family conflict, building confidence, racial trauma, burnout, diverse body image, gender and sexuality, work stress , imposter syndrome, social justice fatigue, coping with anxiety, depression and loneliness. My therapeutic stance is deeply embedded in an intersectional philosophy. I offer Art Therapy, where I support you to explore, using imagination, metaphor and symbolism, I also offer Counselling that is progressive, relational, creative and adaptive to your therapeutic goals.
(02) 8074 5775 View (02) 8074 5775
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Heart Of Play Therapy Katie Summerfield
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
Like a flower, we bloom in the right environment; in the play therapy room I work with empathy and acceptance to create a safe space for children and families in order for them to work through their issues and “grow”. I recognise the importance of family and offer assistance to parents and carers to work towards a safer, happier and more relaxed home environment in a strength-based way. Child-centred Play Therapy is a gentle, trauma-informed and neuro-affirming way of supporting children in their unique reactions to coping with daily life, big life events or trauma and attachment issues.
Like a flower, we bloom in the right environment; in the play therapy room I work with empathy and acceptance to create a safe space for children and families in order for them to work through their issues and “grow”. I recognise the importance of family and offer assistance to parents and carers to work towards a safer, happier and more relaxed home environment in a strength-based way. Child-centred Play Therapy is a gentle, trauma-informed and neuro-affirming way of supporting children in their unique reactions to coping with daily life, big life events or trauma and attachment issues.
(02) 9100 0375 View (02) 9100 0375
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Naomi Crellin
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
I welcome a diverse spectrum of individuals to my practice. Some areas of focus of mine are issues relating to gender, sexuality, postnatal depression, performance anxiety, and couples therapy with a focus on atypical family and relationship structures. I am a sex positive, body positive, gender-affirming, neurodiversity-affirming, LGBTQIA+ affirming counsellor for 18+ folk who are looking for warm, non-judgemental support.
I welcome a diverse spectrum of individuals to my practice. Some areas of focus of mine are issues relating to gender, sexuality, postnatal depression, performance anxiety, and couples therapy with a focus on atypical family and relationship structures. I am a sex positive, body positive, gender-affirming, neurodiversity-affirming, LGBTQIA+ affirming counsellor for 18+ folk who are looking for warm, non-judgemental support.
(02) 9100 0493 View (02) 9100 0493
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Autism Counsellors

What is the most effective treatment for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to be considered the standard treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, and research has confirmed its effectiveness for many children. Therapists trained in ABA techniques work with children (and their parents) on developing social skills, communication and learning abilities, and everyday habits of hygiene and grooming. The clinician will tailor their program to the child’s particular need but the overarching goal will be to help them advance as far as possible toward independence based on their level of symptoms and decrease the need for additional special services. Families should seek a mental health professional specifically trained in ABA, and holding special certification in the technique, who has extensive experience not only with the approach but in using it with children with the same level of symptoms as the child who needs care.

How does ABA work?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, which typically focus on positive reinforcement, can be intensive, lasting two or more hours several times a week, and continuing for two years or more. Therapists can also be expected to ask parents to take an active role in reinforcing lessons. Research has found that the technique can lead to major improvements that decrease the need for additional special services.

How does treatment for autism work?

Therapy sessions based on Applied Behavior Analysis will likely be frequent, intensive, and highly structured. After a thorough assessment, a therapist will help a child understand and develop skills in a range of areas, including communication, motor skills, social skills, self-care, play, and academic skills, as well as routines of daily living like hygiene. Typically, the therapist will help a child break down the components of a behavior—often referred to as the antecedent (what prompts an action), the behavior, and the consequence(what immediately follows)—and then reward the child at every step, while also asking parents to reinforce the lessons, and the rewards, throughout the day. This core therapy may be supplemented by occupational or speech therapy, and antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to address specific severe symptoms.

How long does therapy for autism take?

Some people with autism spectrum disorder may be engaged in some level of therapy for many years, but research shows that treatment will be most effective if it is begun early and delivered intensively. When therapy begins by age 3, children tend to be better able to grasp and adopt the skills needed to manage everyday life, including attending school and establishing social relationships. This type of early-intervention treatment regimen is highly structured, typically involving 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy per week, along with additional hours of engagement managed by parents, for a period of two years or more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.