Autism Counselling in Ultimo, NSW

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HD Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ultimo, NSW 2007
HD psychologists have been serving all communities and individuals for the last 20 years. We focus on ADHD and Autism (including assessments), Asperger, Depression, Anxiety, Children and Adolescent psychology, Stress and Pain management etc. We provide fluent English, Chinese, French and Farsi services. We offer psychological assessment reports such as but not limited to: reports to educational institutions, immigration, expert witness psychological assessment reports for courts. We have immediate availabilities to help you in all situations.
HD psychologists have been serving all communities and individuals for the last 20 years. We focus on ADHD and Autism (including assessments), Asperger, Depression, Anxiety, Children and Adolescent psychology, Stress and Pain management etc. We provide fluent English, Chinese, French and Farsi services. We offer psychological assessment reports such as but not limited to: reports to educational institutions, immigration, expert witness psychological assessment reports for courts. We have immediate availabilities to help you in all situations.
(02) 9158 6085 View (02) 9158 6085
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Brett Ruehland
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ultimo, NSW 2007
Brett is registered as a general psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychology Society holding a Master of Professional Psychology. He draws on an extensive career working with migrants, youth and people with different abilities and neurodiversity.
Brett is registered as a general psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychology Society holding a Master of Professional Psychology. He draws on an extensive career working with migrants, youth and people with different abilities and neurodiversity.
(02) 8556 7558 View (02) 8556 7558
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Positive Thinking Clinic
Psychotherapist, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ultimo, NSW 2007
“Everybody is important; everybody deserves to live their best life. I am here to help you connect with yourself and others, to solve your requests as quickly and effectively as possible, in a way that is long lasting and sustainable”. Her approach is unique. She integrates therapies and customises them to suit the needs of the client. She aims to work with clients to co-create individually tailored and sustainable solutions. Amanda’s interventions aim to address the important relationship between the mind and body. She enjoys helping clients attain a greater wellbeing.
“Everybody is important; everybody deserves to live their best life. I am here to help you connect with yourself and others, to solve your requests as quickly and effectively as possible, in a way that is long lasting and sustainable”. Her approach is unique. She integrates therapies and customises them to suit the needs of the client. She aims to work with clients to co-create individually tailored and sustainable solutions. Amanda’s interventions aim to address the important relationship between the mind and body. She enjoys helping clients attain a greater wellbeing.
(02) 8294 5710 View (02) 8294 5710
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National Trauma Clinics
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ultimo, NSW 2007
National Trauma Clinic Psychologists and Consultants have extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families suffering from the broad range of psychological issues including relationship issues, family issues, workplace issues and symptomatic problems with PTSD, depression, anxiety and the like.
National Trauma Clinic Psychologists and Consultants have extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families suffering from the broad range of psychological issues including relationship issues, family issues, workplace issues and symptomatic problems with PTSD, depression, anxiety and the like.
(02) 9100 0118 View (02) 9100 0118

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Nikki Bray
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth only. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, insomnia, perimenopause, low self-esteem, perfectionism, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth only. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, insomnia, perimenopause, low self-esteem, perfectionism, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
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Brooke Clark Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a special interest in supporting people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism (any neurotype really) and trauma.
Hi! I am Brooke, a Neurodivergent and Neuro-affirming Registered Psychologist. My goal is empowering people to heal and uncover their true, authentic selves. I want to help clients build a life based on their unique values. My practice is: kink, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and gender non-conforming affirming. All people are welcome and celebrated. I work exclusively as a telehealth psychologist, Australia-wide referrals are welcome. I see clients with Medicare plans, NDIS plans and self-funded currently.
I have a special interest in supporting people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism (any neurotype really) and trauma.
Hi! I am Brooke, a Neurodivergent and Neuro-affirming Registered Psychologist. My goal is empowering people to heal and uncover their true, authentic selves. I want to help clients build a life based on their unique values. My practice is: kink, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and gender non-conforming affirming. All people are welcome and celebrated. I work exclusively as a telehealth psychologist, Australia-wide referrals are welcome. I see clients with Medicare plans, NDIS plans and self-funded currently.
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Paula Garrido
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
She currently sees patients with Autism, ADHD, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), OCD, depression, anxiety, psychosis, schizophrenia, delusional disorder, bipolar disorder, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury (ABI), epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal injury and uses evidenced based psychological therapies.
Welcome! Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment via Telehealth/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD practitioner and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, gentle,understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that provides a safe therapeutic space, to assist patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness, with the NDIA/NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
She currently sees patients with Autism, ADHD, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), OCD, depression, anxiety, psychosis, schizophrenia, delusional disorder, bipolar disorder, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury (ABI), epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal injury and uses evidenced based psychological therapies.
Welcome! Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment via Telehealth/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD practitioner and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, gentle,understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that provides a safe therapeutic space, to assist patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness, with the NDIA/NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
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Mj (Mary Joy) Basilio
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000
Waitlist for new clients
I have the training and experience to conduct assessments of cognitive abilities, learning difficulties, ADHD, and Autism.
My passion lies in working with people who are ready to add joy, love, and ease to their lives. Overcoming the barriers of depression, anxiety, self-doubt, and low confidence can be daunting, but seeking help is the first stride toward a brighter future. Together we can embark on a journey to tap into your inner beauty, strength, and resilience, transforming the relationships with yourself and with those you love. By nurturing these qualities, we cultivate a solid foundation that paves the way for a life filled with greater joy, fulfillment, and purpose. If you're ready to make some changes, let's set up a time to talk.
I have the training and experience to conduct assessments of cognitive abilities, learning difficulties, ADHD, and Autism.
My passion lies in working with people who are ready to add joy, love, and ease to their lives. Overcoming the barriers of depression, anxiety, self-doubt, and low confidence can be daunting, but seeking help is the first stride toward a brighter future. Together we can embark on a journey to tap into your inner beauty, strength, and resilience, transforming the relationships with yourself and with those you love. By nurturing these qualities, we cultivate a solid foundation that paves the way for a life filled with greater joy, fulfillment, and purpose. If you're ready to make some changes, let's set up a time to talk.
(02) 9541 8788 View (02) 9541 8788
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Lisa Formosa
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
Receive individualised support to create the life you choose. Choose a practitioner who understands Autism, ADHD, neurodivergence, high sensitivity and introversion. Share what its like inhabiting a world that hasn’t understood you. Develop your inner self knowledge. Access Neurodiversity Affirmative Practice.
Receive individualised support to create the life you choose. Choose a practitioner who understands Autism, ADHD, neurodivergence, high sensitivity and introversion. Share what its like inhabiting a world that hasn’t understood you. Develop your inner self knowledge. Access Neurodiversity Affirmative Practice.
(03) 7302 8068 View (03) 7302 8068
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Jade Deglaitis
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
I am a generally registered psychologist who has experience working across the lifespan. I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, adults and families with neurodiversity, in particular the autism spectrum. However, I have experience working with a range of presentations and always welcome connecting with new clients to determine how I can support them in reaching their goals.
I am a generally registered psychologist who has experience working across the lifespan. I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, adults and families with neurodiversity, in particular the autism spectrum. However, I have experience working with a range of presentations and always welcome connecting with new clients to determine how I can support them in reaching their goals.
(08) 7078 8384 View (08) 7078 8384
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Ruth Minkov
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000
I offer neuroaffirming neuropsychological, academic, Autism and ADHD assessment for teens and adults, both via Telehealth and in Abbotsford, Melbourne. I have a strong professional interest in identification of Autism in women and non-binary people, and my assessments take into consideration cultural differences and "masking". I offer follow-up sessions to assist you to process the diagnosis (or absence of a diagnosis), and to implement recommendations. I am experienced in working with the NDIS.
I offer neuroaffirming neuropsychological, academic, Autism and ADHD assessment for teens and adults, both via Telehealth and in Abbotsford, Melbourne. I have a strong professional interest in identification of Autism in women and non-binary people, and my assessments take into consideration cultural differences and "masking". I offer follow-up sessions to assist you to process the diagnosis (or absence of a diagnosis), and to implement recommendations. I am experienced in working with the NDIS.
(03) 7003 2743 View (03) 7003 2743
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always flying psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000
I work with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise, ADHD, Sport & Performance Psychology. Clinics in Wahroonga, St Leonards & Kincumber. Other areas of work, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Behaviour challenges, Specific Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, in the background of Trauma Informed Practices. Conduct ADHD assessments.
I work with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise, ADHD, Sport & Performance Psychology. Clinics in Wahroonga, St Leonards & Kincumber. Other areas of work, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Behaviour challenges, Specific Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, in the background of Trauma Informed Practices. Conduct ADHD assessments.
(02) 9158 6576 View (02) 9158 6576
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Eliza Mealey
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000
I am an accredited Arts Psychotherapist the registered body, ACA. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychotherapy from Ikon Institute Australia. My background in theatre and my understanding of the power of using creative methods to dive deeper into our subconscious led me to pursue a career in arts Psychotherapy. I work in a holistic way, guiding clients towards their strengths. I have experience working with adults who face life challenges, young children and adolescents who have social, emotional and behavioural issues. ​ Presently, I have a number of clients living with autism. Using art therapy with clients on the spectrum i
I am an accredited Arts Psychotherapist the registered body, ACA. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychotherapy from Ikon Institute Australia. My background in theatre and my understanding of the power of using creative methods to dive deeper into our subconscious led me to pursue a career in arts Psychotherapy. I work in a holistic way, guiding clients towards their strengths. I have experience working with adults who face life challenges, young children and adolescents who have social, emotional and behavioural issues. ​ Presently, I have a number of clients living with autism. Using art therapy with clients on the spectrum i
(07) 3132 2928 View (07) 3132 2928
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Thalia Koulas - Therapy Shmerapy
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
Therapy Shmerapy specialises in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, ADHD, LGBTQIA+ issues, and complex trauma. I have experience working with people aged 14 and above. I aim to create a non-judgmental space, ensuring inclusivity and genuineness in every session. I can work with people at all stages of life, from queer people out in the community, to people suspecting they may be autistic. I take particular interest in AFAB and neurodivergent people, and the entire LGBTQIA+ community. I am not suitable for people seeking CBT.
Therapy Shmerapy specialises in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, ADHD, LGBTQIA+ issues, and complex trauma. I have experience working with people aged 14 and above. I aim to create a non-judgmental space, ensuring inclusivity and genuineness in every session. I can work with people at all stages of life, from queer people out in the community, to people suspecting they may be autistic. I take particular interest in AFAB and neurodivergent people, and the entire LGBTQIA+ community. I am not suitable for people seeking CBT.
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Art Therapy Creates
Counsellor, AThR
Verified Verified
Saint Peters, NSW 2044
I have extensive experience working and supporting children, young people and adults with Mood Disorders and with children on the Aspergers Autism spectrum.
I am an Art Therapist who is committed to support the development of my clients, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Art therapy creates a visual language of communication and personal expression as an alternative to 'talk only' therapy, when words or feelings are hard to express. My person-centred and psychodynamic approach to therapy is also informed by IFS and Mindfulness practice. I am a creative and thoughtful individual who works in a collaborative and compassionate manner with children, young people and adults when their emotions, thinking and behaviour is out of balance.
I have extensive experience working and supporting children, young people and adults with Mood Disorders and with children on the Aspergers Autism spectrum.
I am an Art Therapist who is committed to support the development of my clients, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Art therapy creates a visual language of communication and personal expression as an alternative to 'talk only' therapy, when words or feelings are hard to express. My person-centred and psychodynamic approach to therapy is also informed by IFS and Mindfulness practice. I am a creative and thoughtful individual who works in a collaborative and compassionate manner with children, young people and adults when their emotions, thinking and behaviour is out of balance.
(02) 8069 5430 View (02) 8069 5430
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Krysia Kostrz
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
Hi there! I provide Therapy for All Adolescents (16+) and Adults for Anxiety, Depression, Stress, ADHD support and sensory and learning differences. I also provide ADHD and Autism assessments for Adults via Telehealth. Appointments are available after hours and on weekends, and I have appointments available in the next 1-2 weeks. I love working with people who seek to discover more about themselves, I'm lucky to be part of that moment of realisation, of clarity and understanding - when everything finally makes sense! My work is personal, relational and collective.
Hi there! I provide Therapy for All Adolescents (16+) and Adults for Anxiety, Depression, Stress, ADHD support and sensory and learning differences. I also provide ADHD and Autism assessments for Adults via Telehealth. Appointments are available after hours and on weekends, and I have appointments available in the next 1-2 weeks. I love working with people who seek to discover more about themselves, I'm lucky to be part of that moment of realisation, of clarity and understanding - when everything finally makes sense! My work is personal, relational and collective.
(03) 4245 1035 View (03) 4245 1035
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Karen Gould
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Waitlist for new clients
I have built experience working predominantly with adult clients with the following neurotypes and conditions: ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Relationship Difficulties, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Sleep Difficulties, OCD.
With a special interest in neurodiversity, I enjoy working with clients who see the world differently and would like to open up to new and authentic ways of thinking, feeling and acting. I work with adults, older adolescents and couples, and respect all sexualities, genders and relationship styles. I can help with self exploration, opening up to new perspectives, managing difficult emotions, broadening your comfort zone and connecting with what matters to you.
I have built experience working predominantly with adult clients with the following neurotypes and conditions: ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Relationship Difficulties, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Sleep Difficulties, OCD.
With a special interest in neurodiversity, I enjoy working with clients who see the world differently and would like to open up to new and authentic ways of thinking, feeling and acting. I work with adults, older adolescents and couples, and respect all sexualities, genders and relationship styles. I can help with self exploration, opening up to new perspectives, managing difficult emotions, broadening your comfort zone and connecting with what matters to you.
(02) 9100 0727 View (02) 9100 0727
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Arzu Aksu Chapman
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000
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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Ayna Hennessy
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed? I have lived experience and extensive knowledge of the complexities of ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, disordered eating & chronic pain. My unique life with exposure to diversity and unexpected curveballs has shaped me into an insightful, reflective and understanding counsellor. My thirst for knowledge, hyper-focus skills and resolve to fight led to me seeking out my own answers surrounding my health. It finally paid off, & I hope it can help you. I am now treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & Autism & its many comorbidities. I do not refuse vulnerable & complex clients; I used to be one.
Overwhelmed? I have lived experience and extensive knowledge of the complexities of ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, disordered eating & chronic pain. My unique life with exposure to diversity and unexpected curveballs has shaped me into an insightful, reflective and understanding counsellor. My thirst for knowledge, hyper-focus skills and resolve to fight led to me seeking out my own answers surrounding my health. It finally paid off, & I hope it can help you. I am now treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & Autism & its many comorbidities. I do not refuse vulnerable & complex clients; I used to be one.
(03) 7003 2926 View (03) 7003 2926
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Anna Costello
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Potts Point, NSW 2011
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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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.