Autism Counselling in Metropolitan Adelaide, SA

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Jade Deglaitis
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Prospect, SA 5082  (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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Leila Azad
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Valley View, SA 5093
I have over ten years experience in psychotherapy, counselling, and mentoring children, adolescents, and adults living with autism and other neurodiverse conditions as well as mental health problems. You find me a genuine, holistic, open-minded, caring, and consistent person who finds a solution in every problem. I am an all-rounded person who considers all aspects of life in my approach.
I have over ten years experience in psychotherapy, counselling, and mentoring children, adolescents, and adults living with autism and other neurodiverse conditions as well as mental health problems. You find me a genuine, holistic, open-minded, caring, and consistent person who finds a solution in every problem. I am an all-rounded person who considers all aspects of life in my approach.
(08) 7228 0395 View (08) 7228 0395
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Alicia Jade Wilcock
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Magill, SA 5072  (Online Only)
Integrative Psychology Associates- I have experience in working with individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and families to assist them to overcome a range of presenting issues. I highly value individualised and tailored treatment approaches using best evidence-based practice for difficulties relating but not limited to: depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, OCD, ADHD, trauma, emotional and behavioural difficulties, sleep - infant, toddler, child & adult, social skills and friendships. I conduct comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and am a registered autism diagnostician.
Integrative Psychology Associates- I have experience in working with individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and families to assist them to overcome a range of presenting issues. I highly value individualised and tailored treatment approaches using best evidence-based practice for difficulties relating but not limited to: depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, OCD, ADHD, trauma, emotional and behavioural difficulties, sleep - infant, toddler, child & adult, social skills and friendships. I conduct comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and am a registered autism diagnostician.
(08) 7078 7005 View (08) 7078 7005
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Thalia Koulas - Therapy Shmerapy
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Adelaide, SA 5000  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, 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.
I specialise in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, 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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Krysia Kostrz
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000  (Online Only)
Hi there! I love working with adults seeking to discover more about themselves. I'm lucky to be part of that moment of realisation, of clarity and understanding clients often experience - when everything finally makes sense! I provide ADHD and Autism assessments for adults via Telehealth, and therapy for adolescents and adults, with appointments available after hours and on weekends, and have immediate availability. My work is neurodiversity-affirming, and based on Community Psychology values and principles - my work is personal, relational and collective. I celebrate Neurodivergence, and I will celebrate you!
Hi there! I love working with adults seeking to discover more about themselves. I'm lucky to be part of that moment of realisation, of clarity and understanding clients often experience - when everything finally makes sense! I provide ADHD and Autism assessments for adults via Telehealth, and therapy for adolescents and adults, with appointments available after hours and on weekends, and have immediate availability. My work is neurodiversity-affirming, and based on Community Psychology values and principles - my work is personal, relational and collective. I celebrate Neurodivergence, and I will celebrate you!
(03) 4245 1035 View (03) 4245 1035
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Present Tense Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000  (Online Only)
Offering online after-hours remote telehealth evidence-based counselling, ADHD & adult Autism assessment & diagnosis.
Present Tense Psychology is led by Mark Rose who has strong experience in supporting diverse client groups who are experiencing a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, trauma, ADHD, & those and those who are experiencing problems with coping, motivation, & goal setting. Mark uses a flexible client-centered therapeutic approach that incorporates evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), & Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to reduce symptoms, improve coping skills, and enhance self-acceptance.
Offering online after-hours remote telehealth evidence-based counselling, ADHD & adult Autism assessment & diagnosis.
Present Tense Psychology is led by Mark Rose who has strong experience in supporting diverse client groups who are experiencing a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, trauma, ADHD, & those and those who are experiencing problems with coping, motivation, & goal setting. Mark uses a flexible client-centered therapeutic approach that incorporates evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), & Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to reduce symptoms, improve coping skills, and enhance self-acceptance.
(02) 4005 0031 View (02) 4005 0031
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Ayna Hennessy
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Adelaide, SA 5000  (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 treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & its many comorbidities which helps you. 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 treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & its many comorbidities which helps you. I do not refuse vulnerable & complex clients; I used to be one.
(03) 7003 2926 View (03) 7003 2926
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Dr Natalia Rusnac
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in supporting adults who identify as neurodivergent, for example adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or who are struggling with ADHD symptoms. I work with a wide range of difficulties, such as self-esteem issues, chronic health concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotion regulation difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, burnout. I want to go beyond coping and help people build lives that bring them joy, because coping is not the same as being happy.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in supporting adults who identify as neurodivergent, for example adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or who are struggling with ADHD symptoms. I work with a wide range of difficulties, such as self-esteem issues, chronic health concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotion regulation difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, burnout. I want to go beyond coping and help people build lives that bring them joy, because coping is not the same as being happy.
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Dr Pauline Hall
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000
Dr. Hall is a clinical psychologist working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She is now seeing clients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Vietnam. She practices evidence-based assessment and treatment for developmental disorders in children, teenagers, and adults (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, etc.) with mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Hall works in various areas, including schools, hospitals, community health services courts, businesses, and private practices.
Dr. Hall is a clinical psychologist working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She is now seeing clients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Vietnam. She practices evidence-based assessment and treatment for developmental disorders in children, teenagers, and adults (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, etc.) with mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Hall works in various areas, including schools, hospitals, community health services courts, businesses, and private practices.
(02) 9100 0489 View (02) 9100 0489
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Dr Shelley Viskovich
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000
I offer neurodivergent affirming assessments (17+ Autism/ADHD) in person at Pullenvale (Queensland) and via telehealth.
Assessment only - therapy books are closed, I am not waitlisting clients, and sadly I am unable to provide referral options. Welcome and thanks for taking the time to view my profile. I am a clinical psychologist specialising in assessing complex neurodivergent clients (Autism, ADHD, PDA, BPD, CPTSD, Bipolar, OCD) particularly those who do not present in stereotypical ways or mask heavily, preventing earlier identification. Being neurodivergent myself, I have lived experience in addition to extensive clinical training to support clients.
I offer neurodivergent affirming assessments (17+ Autism/ADHD) in person at Pullenvale (Queensland) and via telehealth.
Assessment only - therapy books are closed, I am not waitlisting clients, and sadly I am unable to provide referral options. Welcome and thanks for taking the time to view my profile. I am a clinical psychologist specialising in assessing complex neurodivergent clients (Autism, ADHD, PDA, BPD, CPTSD, Bipolar, OCD) particularly those who do not present in stereotypical ways or mask heavily, preventing earlier identification. Being neurodivergent myself, I have lived experience in addition to extensive clinical training to support clients.
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Olga Anderson
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Gillman, SA 5013
I can help people with disabilities cope with overwealming emotions, anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and autism.
As a disability mental health counsellor, I support NDIS clients and their carers who have diverse disabilities. I understand the challenges they face every day, and how they can impact their health and well-being. I can help them cope with these issues and find solutions that suit their needs. I can offer them a safe and supportive space to share their feelings, thoughts, and concerns, and to discover strategies to reach their goals. I can also do home visits if needed.
I can help people with disabilities cope with overwealming emotions, anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and autism.
As a disability mental health counsellor, I support NDIS clients and their carers who have diverse disabilities. I understand the challenges they face every day, and how they can impact their health and well-being. I can help them cope with these issues and find solutions that suit their needs. I can offer them a safe and supportive space to share their feelings, thoughts, and concerns, and to discover strategies to reach their goals. I can also do home visits if needed.
(08) 7078 8192 View (08) 7078 8192
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Michelle Dean Woods
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pennington, SA 5013
I work with a range of client experiences, including grief & loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, parenting, relationships, ADHD & Autism (particularly with adult diagnoses).
Welcome! I offer counselling that is tailored to your situation with a focus on achieving change that is meaningful to you. Life is undoubtedly tricky sometimes. Taking time out to gain new perspectives and make sense of your experience can help. I have a warm, genuine, empathic and often humorous approach, based on over 17 years experience. I enjoy connecting with adults, teens and children and would like to invite you to call and discuss your situation today.
I work with a range of client experiences, including grief & loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, parenting, relationships, ADHD & Autism (particularly with adult diagnoses).
Welcome! I offer counselling that is tailored to your situation with a focus on achieving change that is meaningful to you. Life is undoubtedly tricky sometimes. Taking time out to gain new perspectives and make sense of your experience can help. I have a warm, genuine, empathic and often humorous approach, based on over 17 years experience. I enjoy connecting with adults, teens and children and would like to invite you to call and discuss your situation today.
(08) 7008 9840 View (08) 7008 9840
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Eastside Counselling, Amira Shahin
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Stepney, SA 5069
Amira is a mental health counsellor and a certified trauma professional. Amira also specialised in two advanced majors - Child Development and Parenting Skills, and Relationship Counselling and Conflict Resolution. Her goal is to create a safe, welcoming, and relaxed environment for children, adolescents, and young adults aged 6-25 to explore and overcome the challenges they face. Amira has a deep passion for assisting children who are affected by autism and she is dedicated to supporting clients who are eligible for coverage under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and their plans.
Amira is a mental health counsellor and a certified trauma professional. Amira also specialised in two advanced majors - Child Development and Parenting Skills, and Relationship Counselling and Conflict Resolution. Her goal is to create a safe, welcoming, and relaxed environment for children, adolescents, and young adults aged 6-25 to explore and overcome the challenges they face. Amira has a deep passion for assisting children who are affected by autism and she is dedicated to supporting clients who are eligible for coverage under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and their plans.
(08) 7008 7753 View (08) 7008 7753
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Fiona Morrison
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Eastwood, SA 5063
I utilise an eclectic, personalised, and compassionate approach to treatment and assessment. I treat a wide range of mental health problems, such as mood disorders, anxiety, trauma (including PTSD and CPTSD), personality disorders, psychosis, addictions and substance use disorders, OCD, and issues related to sleep and eating. I offer neurodiversity-affirming treatment and assessments to adults presenting with symptoms of ADHD and Autism-spectrum disorder. I also offer forensic treatment and psycholegal assessment for civil and criminal issues (including violence, sexual offending, general offending, fire-setting, and stalking)
I utilise an eclectic, personalised, and compassionate approach to treatment and assessment. I treat a wide range of mental health problems, such as mood disorders, anxiety, trauma (including PTSD and CPTSD), personality disorders, psychosis, addictions and substance use disorders, OCD, and issues related to sleep and eating. I offer neurodiversity-affirming treatment and assessments to adults presenting with symptoms of ADHD and Autism-spectrum disorder. I also offer forensic treatment and psycholegal assessment for civil and criminal issues (including violence, sexual offending, general offending, fire-setting, and stalking)
(08) 7078 7004 View (08) 7078 7004
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Hannah Kayla Le Leu
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manningham, SA 5086  (Online Only)
I welcome all different neurotypes (autism, ADHD, learning differences, neurotypical etc), cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities.
I am the founder of Talk it Through Psychology which is 100% telehealth. I am neurodivergent and operate from a neuro-affirming framework, meaning that I understand the importance of tailoring all therapies and strategies to work for different brain types. I absolutely love working with people’s strengths and passions and being able to connect with clients through shared passions, which we can also incorporate into therapy! I can help you with: depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, OCD and co-occurring mental health struggles from being neurodivergent (such as autistic burnout). I also offer affirming autism and ADHD assessments.
I welcome all different neurotypes (autism, ADHD, learning differences, neurotypical etc), cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities.
I am the founder of Talk it Through Psychology which is 100% telehealth. I am neurodivergent and operate from a neuro-affirming framework, meaning that I understand the importance of tailoring all therapies and strategies to work for different brain types. I absolutely love working with people’s strengths and passions and being able to connect with clients through shared passions, which we can also incorporate into therapy! I can help you with: depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, OCD and co-occurring mental health struggles from being neurodivergent (such as autistic burnout). I also offer affirming autism and ADHD assessments.
(08) 7008 7942 View (08) 7008 7942
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Stephanie Hirst
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000
I am trained to assess & diagnose conditions such as; Mood disorders, Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Personality.
My passion as a Psychologist is helping individuals with various concerns, such as Anxiety, Depression, anger management, self-esteem/confidence issues, or individuals who are going through large life changes, be able to overcome their difficulties and achieve their therapeutic outcomes. I support people aged 8 years to 60 years of age. I have a warm and empathetic approach, with a focus on creating an environment where a person can learn about themselves, develop their skills to manage their mental health and wellbeing, and be empowered to create change in their lives.
I am trained to assess & diagnose conditions such as; Mood disorders, Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Personality.
My passion as a Psychologist is helping individuals with various concerns, such as Anxiety, Depression, anger management, self-esteem/confidence issues, or individuals who are going through large life changes, be able to overcome their difficulties and achieve their therapeutic outcomes. I support people aged 8 years to 60 years of age. I have a warm and empathetic approach, with a focus on creating an environment where a person can learn about themselves, develop their skills to manage their mental health and wellbeing, and be empowered to create change in their lives.
(08) 7008 9936 View (08) 7008 9936
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Green Door Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLaren Vale, SA 5171
I work with all children, young people and adults but specialising in:- Neurodivergent minds, including Autism and ADHD.
Empowering Children, Young People and Parents. Supporting positive changes to live your best life. Find relief, guidance and connection with a compassionate counsellor who understands parenting and life challenges. Rediscover your strength and reclaim joy. I provide therapy to private clients and NDIS participants.
I work with all children, young people and adults but specialising in:- Neurodivergent minds, including Autism and ADHD.
Empowering Children, Young People and Parents. Supporting positive changes to live your best life. Find relief, guidance and connection with a compassionate counsellor who understands parenting and life challenges. Rediscover your strength and reclaim joy. I provide therapy to private clients and NDIS participants.
(08) 7110 0957 View (08) 7110 0957
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Emily Dansie
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Walkerville, SA 5081
Emily Dansie is a registered Psychologist working at Tim Dansie Psychology, in addition to working as the College Psychologist at Seymour College. Emily works with young people from 5 to 20 years of age covering a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, school and life stress, and eating disorders. Emily is also passionate about completing Educational Assessments to diagnose Specific Learning Disorders and Intellectual Impairments, as she also has a Masters in Teaching (Primary).
Emily Dansie is a registered Psychologist working at Tim Dansie Psychology, in addition to working as the College Psychologist at Seymour College. Emily works with young people from 5 to 20 years of age covering a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, school and life stress, and eating disorders. Emily is also passionate about completing Educational Assessments to diagnose Specific Learning Disorders and Intellectual Impairments, as she also has a Masters in Teaching (Primary).
(08) 7008 9805 View (08) 7008 9805
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Move Mind Nourish
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Hallett Cove, SA 5158
I’m Kirsty, an accredited social worker with over a decade experience providing mental health support and therapy to individuals and families experiencing a range of mental health concerns. While I provide therapy for a range of conditions, my areas of interest include; Autism Spectrum Disorder and the comorbid presentation of anxiety, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and disordered eating (weight stable).
I’m Kirsty, an accredited social worker with over a decade experience providing mental health support and therapy to individuals and families experiencing a range of mental health concerns. While I provide therapy for a range of conditions, my areas of interest include; Autism Spectrum Disorder and the comorbid presentation of anxiety, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and disordered eating (weight stable).
(08) 7184 4007 View (08) 7184 4007
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Emily Radford
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Adelaide, SA 5000  (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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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.