Autism Counselling in Ballarat Central, VIC

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Grace Lee
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I provide confidential counselling in-person and online for clients with a range of concerns especially: gender identity, grief and loss, autism, ADHD, anxiety and trauma.
I have nearly 10 years experience working with trans, gender diverse and non-binary people. I support those exploring their gender identity, as well as helping with social and medical transition. I have helped many individuals come out to family and friends, and I work with partners and parents of trans and gender diverse individuals. In addition, I also work with those who have suffered a significant loss in their lives, who may be grieving the loss of a partner, child, parent or close relative due to illness, accident or suicide. I strive to provide a safe space for you to explore your feelings and find the support you need.
I provide confidential counselling in-person and online for clients with a range of concerns especially: gender identity, grief and loss, autism, ADHD, anxiety and trauma.
I have nearly 10 years experience working with trans, gender diverse and non-binary people. I support those exploring their gender identity, as well as helping with social and medical transition. I have helped many individuals come out to family and friends, and I work with partners and parents of trans and gender diverse individuals. In addition, I also work with those who have suffered a significant loss in their lives, who may be grieving the loss of a partner, child, parent or close relative due to illness, accident or suicide. I strive to provide a safe space for you to explore your feelings and find the support you need.
(03) 6120 6305 View (03) 6120 6305
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Boundless Minds Therapy
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi, I'm Jordan and I am a registered Psychologist located in Ballarat, Victoria. I work with people over the age of 16 in enhancing the quality of their life, from boosting their confidence, building healthier relationships to finding more meaning and purpose in their lives. Supporting people to achieve their mental health goals by empowering them to overcome personal challenges and build resilience is something I'm passionate about.
Hi, I'm Jordan and I am a registered Psychologist located in Ballarat, Victoria. I work with people over the age of 16 in enhancing the quality of their life, from boosting their confidence, building healthier relationships to finding more meaning and purpose in their lives. Supporting people to achieve their mental health goals by empowering them to overcome personal challenges and build resilience is something I'm passionate about.
(03) 4327 9375 View (03) 4327 9375
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Aleksandra Kajpust
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
I am a passionate, caring and dedicated European who loves helping others. I travel and engage with others with passion and am curious about the world and people. I have developed a reputation for an inquisitive and warm environment in the therapy room. I believe my good energy and genuine enthusiasm encourages people to learn about their mind and behaviour! I love working with kids, adolescents, and adults who have a strong desire to question and understand themselves in their own unique ways. I work collaboratively to develop an evidence-based treatment plan with my clients, empowering them to take control of their lives and goals
I am a passionate, caring and dedicated European who loves helping others. I travel and engage with others with passion and am curious about the world and people. I have developed a reputation for an inquisitive and warm environment in the therapy room. I believe my good energy and genuine enthusiasm encourages people to learn about their mind and behaviour! I love working with kids, adolescents, and adults who have a strong desire to question and understand themselves in their own unique ways. I work collaboratively to develop an evidence-based treatment plan with my clients, empowering them to take control of their lives and goals
(03) 7500 5037 View (03) 7500 5037
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Creative Butterfly Expressive Arts Therapy
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I offer Arts-based inquiry and counselling even if you feel you're not creative or can't do art. Using arts-based processes, we can explore ways to live well with emotional and physical pain, diagnosed illnesses or neurodivergence, to find wisdom to live with more well-being or healing. We can collaborate to find the best way forward for you, with a personalised plan to support you or a young person in your care.
I offer Arts-based inquiry and counselling even if you feel you're not creative or can't do art. Using arts-based processes, we can explore ways to live well with emotional and physical pain, diagnosed illnesses or neurodivergence, to find wisdom to live with more well-being or healing. We can collaborate to find the best way forward for you, with a personalised plan to support you or a young person in your care.
(03) 4321 2731 View (03) 4321 2731
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Sue Balkin-Mitchell
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
With years of diverse experience, I navigate a wide array of psychological concerns. Whether your issue is acute or prolonged, I provide an empathic, and collaborative approach to addressing your needs and goals. I utilise a range of evidence-based tools and therapies to address needs as appropriate, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). Being acutely aware that every client is unique, I take great care to tailor approaches to each clients personality and thinking style.
With years of diverse experience, I navigate a wide array of psychological concerns. Whether your issue is acute or prolonged, I provide an empathic, and collaborative approach to addressing your needs and goals. I utilise a range of evidence-based tools and therapies to address needs as appropriate, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). Being acutely aware that every client is unique, I take great care to tailor approaches to each clients personality and thinking style.
(03) 5316 7218 View (03) 5316 7218
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Teresa Peers
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Waitlist for new clients
Offering psychological therapy services and assessments from ages 7 and over. Experience in a range of psychometric testing, ASD assessments (ADIR, ADOS, Sensory Profile), cognitive assessments (WISC, WAIS), ADHD assessments, Adaptive functioning (ABAS, Vineland), and other diagnostic assessments (PAI, Conners). As I am usually very busy in sessions with clients, the best way to make contact with me is via email. Board approved supervisor offering supervision for 5+1 and 4+2 pathways.
Offering psychological therapy services and assessments from ages 7 and over. Experience in a range of psychometric testing, ASD assessments (ADIR, ADOS, Sensory Profile), cognitive assessments (WISC, WAIS), ADHD assessments, Adaptive functioning (ABAS, Vineland), and other diagnostic assessments (PAI, Conners). As I am usually very busy in sessions with clients, the best way to make contact with me is via email. Board approved supervisor offering supervision for 5+1 and 4+2 pathways.
(03) 4328 0430 View (03) 4328 0430
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Heart and Hope Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I provide counselling, therapy and social work services in both the Newport and Footscray areas. I provide supportive, empathic and flexible responses to individual needs, taking the body, mind and soul into consideration. I have over twenty years of general counselling experience and have particular expertise in grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and working with many other concerns. I am passionate about holding the hope and working from the heart as well as utilising diverse knowledge and skills. It is important to me that counselling is accessible and affordable to people who need it.
I provide counselling, therapy and social work services in both the Newport and Footscray areas. I provide supportive, empathic and flexible responses to individual needs, taking the body, mind and soul into consideration. I have over twenty years of general counselling experience and have particular expertise in grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and working with many other concerns. I am passionate about holding the hope and working from the heart as well as utilising diverse knowledge and skills. It is important to me that counselling is accessible and affordable to people who need it.
(03) 8658 2101 View (03) 8658 2101
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Bloom Well-being
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
Do you struggle with relationships, with yourself and others? Maybe you find it hard to connect with your emotions or even your body? We value our clients as the expert of their lives, and acknowledge that reaching our for extra support isn't always easy. But our team have spent their entire careers dedicated to ongoing learning to ensure the people who enter our space feel seen, heard and believed. We specialise in supporting those who have experienced difficult childhoods or been exposed to abuse or neglect (physical or emotional).
(03) 5316 7205 View (03) 5316 7205
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Marie Mirbach (The Present Place)
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Hi there, I’m Marie and I love creating spaces for people to realise the patterns of their own minds and work towards feeling more alive and connected. As an integrative psychotherapist I work with couples and individuals in a way that honours your uniqueness as well as recognises the circumstances shaping your life. My approach is warm, inquisitive and creative and above all else I value collaborating with you to ensure we are creating processes that let you feel safe, inspired and closer to your most authentic and empowered self. I specialise in eating disorders, ASD, gender/identity and relationship problems.
Hi there, I’m Marie and I love creating spaces for people to realise the patterns of their own minds and work towards feeling more alive and connected. As an integrative psychotherapist I work with couples and individuals in a way that honours your uniqueness as well as recognises the circumstances shaping your life. My approach is warm, inquisitive and creative and above all else I value collaborating with you to ensure we are creating processes that let you feel safe, inspired and closer to your most authentic and empowered self. I specialise in eating disorders, ASD, gender/identity and relationship problems.
(03) 4420 9044 View (03) 4420 9044
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The Wellspring Within
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
I use a wholistic frame, inclusive of body, mind and spirit in my work as a therapist. I have found that working somatically can be tremendously revealing of inner gems that lay beneath the level of consciousness. They can provide answers, understandings, and can lead to living a fuller life. The use of your spiritual frames of reference in therapy can also bring meaning and can provide leverage for the changes you are wanting to make. You may feel supported to become more whole, self-actualised, self-understanding and accepting of the person you are.
I use a wholistic frame, inclusive of body, mind and spirit in my work as a therapist. I have found that working somatically can be tremendously revealing of inner gems that lay beneath the level of consciousness. They can provide answers, understandings, and can lead to living a fuller life. The use of your spiritual frames of reference in therapy can also bring meaning and can provide leverage for the changes you are wanting to make. You may feel supported to become more whole, self-actualised, self-understanding and accepting of the person you are.
(03) 4420 3861 View (03) 4420 3861
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Bianca Bozzo - Endeavour Psychology
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Bianca is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, eligible to provide psychological services with Medicare rebates. Bianca enjoys supporting children, adolescents and young adults. Bianca practices a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoeducation. Bianca strives to understand each client’s unique situation and provides tailored, evidence-based practices to support them. Outside of work Bianca enjoys nature camping and beach days.
Bianca is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, eligible to provide psychological services with Medicare rebates. Bianca enjoys supporting children, adolescents and young adults. Bianca practices a range of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoeducation. Bianca strives to understand each client’s unique situation and provides tailored, evidence-based practices to support them. Outside of work Bianca enjoys nature camping and beach days.
(03) 4238 2745 View (03) 4238 2745
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Freya's Farm: Animal Assisted Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Not accepting new clients
Hi, I'm Freya. I've been counselling for over 25 years, and 2 years ago started incorporating my animals (horses, dogs, cats) into my therapeutic practice. I work with all ages, and the people I work with are as unique as the issues they want to address. My clients are individuals, couples, and children. I have lived experience of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, HSP) and consequently work with a lot of people who are neurodiverse themselves. My work focusses on understanding why we are the way we are, combined with techniques that foster change and growth, with the end goal of increased well being and resilience.
Hi, I'm Freya. I've been counselling for over 25 years, and 2 years ago started incorporating my animals (horses, dogs, cats) into my therapeutic practice. I work with all ages, and the people I work with are as unique as the issues they want to address. My clients are individuals, couples, and children. I have lived experience of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, HSP) and consequently work with a lot of people who are neurodiverse themselves. My work focusses on understanding why we are the way we are, combined with techniques that foster change and growth, with the end goal of increased well being and resilience.
(03) 4320 5775 View (03) 4320 5775

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The Psychology and Therapy clinic, Melissa Boulind
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Soldiers Hill, VIC 3350  (Online Only)
Melissa has been working in private practice for over 10 years, recognising that individuals need to change and focus on growth, be involved in active decision making and she is passionate about assisting people to make positive lifestyle changes. She has extensive experience working with a variety of psychiatric difficulties, working in hospitals for 5 years (with an acute mental health care unit). She will work closely with you, tailoring your therapy to suit you. She works via Telehealth so you can have therapy on video or by phone - you can see her from the comfort of your own home (or car, or office or garden)- anywhere.
Melissa has been working in private practice for over 10 years, recognising that individuals need to change and focus on growth, be involved in active decision making and she is passionate about assisting people to make positive lifestyle changes. She has extensive experience working with a variety of psychiatric difficulties, working in hospitals for 5 years (with an acute mental health care unit). She will work closely with you, tailoring your therapy to suit you. She works via Telehealth so you can have therapy on video or by phone - you can see her from the comfort of your own home (or car, or office or garden)- anywhere.
(03) 7302 2139 View (03) 7302 2139

Online Therapists

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Olivia Burton
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Scoresby, VIC 3179
I have previously worked as a primary school psychologist with children presenting with autism and/or ADHD, anxiety, and trauma-related stress.
I am a provisionally registered psychologist currently completing my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at Flinders University, where I conducted research in cognitive psychology. My doctoral work has provided me with insights into the way people think, and the way people understand their own thinking, which I am now applying in my clinical practice. In particular, my goal is to equip my clients with the tools to better understand their thoughts and behaviour so that they can more effectively manage life’s challenges.
I have previously worked as a primary school psychologist with children presenting with autism and/or ADHD, anxiety, and trauma-related stress.
I am a provisionally registered psychologist currently completing my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at Flinders University, where I conducted research in cognitive psychology. My doctoral work has provided me with insights into the way people think, and the way people understand their own thinking, which I am now applying in my clinical practice. In particular, my goal is to equip my clients with the tools to better understand their thoughts and behaviour so that they can more effectively manage life’s challenges.
(03) 8595 5406 View (03) 8595 5406
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Neurosage Psych, Online Autism & ADHD Assessments
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Melbourne, VIC 3000  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Tasha Moon, a Registered Psychologist and Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar who specialises in providing comprehensive, warm and compassionate Autism and ADHD assessments for adults. All appointments and assessments are conducted online through telehealth, which means you can be in a space that is comfortable for you while we chat. You are free to fidget, wear your PJs or take as many break as you need to. My assessments are all neuroaffirming, and are conducted in an informal, conversational way. My aim is for you to feel safe, comfortable and heard.
Hello! I'm Tasha Moon, a Registered Psychologist and Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar who specialises in providing comprehensive, warm and compassionate Autism and ADHD assessments for adults. All appointments and assessments are conducted online through telehealth, which means you can be in a space that is comfortable for you while we chat. You are free to fidget, wear your PJs or take as many break as you need to. My assessments are all neuroaffirming, and are conducted in an informal, conversational way. My aim is for you to feel safe, comfortable and heard.
(07) 2801 6669 View (07) 2801 6669
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Kirsten Chalmers
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA Endorsed
Verified Verified
Ringwood, VIC 3134
At myturn2talk Psychology, we cater to adults with Autism and ADHD seeking neurodiversity-affirming care that acknowledges their unique perspectives. Our clients often desire clarity on their diagnosis, strategies to enhance personal relationships and effective ways to manage burnout. With tailored assessments and interventions, we aim to empower you with a deeper understanding of your neurodivergent traits and provide the tools for thriving in life and love.
At myturn2talk Psychology, we cater to adults with Autism and ADHD seeking neurodiversity-affirming care that acknowledges their unique perspectives. Our clients often desire clarity on their diagnosis, strategies to enhance personal relationships and effective ways to manage burnout. With tailored assessments and interventions, we aim to empower you with a deeper understanding of your neurodivergent traits and provide the tools for thriving in life and love.
(03) 8203 5106 View (03) 8203 5106
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Ruth Tripkou
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
West Melbourne, VIC 3003
I am a bilingual psychologist (English and Greek) working with anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, depression, trauma, attention deficits, autism, grief and loss, chronic pain, relationship and family difficulties, life transitions, and workplace stress. I also work with bullying, social skills difficulties and self-esteem. Deciding to engage in therapy can sometimes feel overwhelming and this is normal. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and supportive therapeutic space to help you move forward in your journey of healing and growth. I believe in empowering clients and developing personal strengths to achieve long lasting change.
I am a bilingual psychologist (English and Greek) working with anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, depression, trauma, attention deficits, autism, grief and loss, chronic pain, relationship and family difficulties, life transitions, and workplace stress. I also work with bullying, social skills difficulties and self-esteem. Deciding to engage in therapy can sometimes feel overwhelming and this is normal. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and supportive therapeutic space to help you move forward in your journey of healing and growth. I believe in empowering clients and developing personal strengths to achieve long lasting change.
(03) 7003 2887 View (03) 7003 2887
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Elyse Nash-Ferry
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Chelsea Heights, VIC 3196
Elyse is a registered psychologist providing individual therapy for children, teenagers, and young adults aged 5-25 years. With experience in both clinic and educational environments, Elyse is skilled in working with neurodiverse clients (autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability) and has a particular interest in supporting anxiety in children and young people. In her practice, Elyse utilises evidence-based approaches, drawing from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to support her clients effectively.
Elyse is a registered psychologist providing individual therapy for children, teenagers, and young adults aged 5-25 years. With experience in both clinic and educational environments, Elyse is skilled in working with neurodiverse clients (autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability) and has a particular interest in supporting anxiety in children and young people. In her practice, Elyse utilises evidence-based approaches, drawing from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to support her clients effectively.
(03) 8771 4275 View (03) 8771 4275
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Rebecca Bobin
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Woodend, VIC 3442
Rebecca offers autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) assessments for ages 16+.
Rebecca is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist who provides a supportive space for clients to resolve difficulties and build confidence. She has the ability to genuinely connect with clients and identify their strengths. Rebecca has experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of presentations including: •anxiety •depression •trauma •relationship difficulties •chronic pain. She employs evidence-based techniques including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, trauma-informed practice, IFS, and psycho-sensory interventions to tailor therapy to client needs.
Rebecca offers autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) assessments for ages 16+.
Rebecca is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist who provides a supportive space for clients to resolve difficulties and build confidence. She has the ability to genuinely connect with clients and identify their strengths. Rebecca has experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of presentations including: •anxiety •depression •trauma •relationship difficulties •chronic pain. She employs evidence-based techniques including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, trauma-informed practice, IFS, and psycho-sensory interventions to tailor therapy to client needs.
(03) 4420 9743 View (03) 4420 9743
Photo of Darian Winspear, Psychologist in Ballarat Central, VIC
Darian Winspear
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Brunswick, VIC 3056
Hi, I'm Darian! I bring a warm, genuine, and empathetic approach to therapy. It's important to me to take time to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic dynamic. I provide therapy and autism assessment services. I place an emphasis on working collaboratively and will work with you to help you achieve your desired goals, develop personal insights, and provide strategies and support to help you manage your mental health issues. I am LGBTIQA+ inclusive, neurodiversity affirming, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. My website is www.moodpsychology.com.au
Hi, I'm Darian! I bring a warm, genuine, and empathetic approach to therapy. It's important to me to take time to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic dynamic. I provide therapy and autism assessment services. I place an emphasis on working collaboratively and will work with you to help you achieve your desired goals, develop personal insights, and provide strategies and support to help you manage your mental health issues. I am LGBTIQA+ inclusive, neurodiversity affirming, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. My website is www.moodpsychology.com.au
(03) 8338 4670 View (03) 8338 4670

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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.