Autism Counselling in Hexham

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Jamie Coulthard
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hexham NE46
Extensive work with hundreds of autistic families, promoting positive autism understanding and celebrating success.
Ideal client: Diverse individuals (children, adults, families) facing neuro-diversity, mental health challenges, or chronic pain. They seek support, understanding, and improved well-being, daily functioning, and resilience. Their goals include gaining self-acceptance, overcoming barriers, and living fulfilling lives. They desire an empathetic, knowledgeable therapist who values their uniqueness, collaborates on goals, and recognises their strengths and succsses.
Extensive work with hundreds of autistic families, promoting positive autism understanding and celebrating success.
Ideal client: Diverse individuals (children, adults, families) facing neuro-diversity, mental health challenges, or chronic pain. They seek support, understanding, and improved well-being, daily functioning, and resilience. Their goals include gaining self-acceptance, overcoming barriers, and living fulfilling lives. They desire an empathetic, knowledgeable therapist who values their uniqueness, collaborates on goals, and recognises their strengths and succsses.
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Dr Clark Davison
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hexham NE46
My name is Dr Clark Davison and I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with experience working within the NHS and private sector at a senior level.
My name is Dr Clark Davison and I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with experience working within the NHS and private sector at a senior level.
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Sycamore Grove Therapy
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Hexham NE47  (Online Only)
For me and my practice, it is really important to understand and acknowledge the complexity of every individuals experience. I endeavour to do this by holding an open mind and creating a safe boundaried space in which we can both get to know you better. I encorporate a range of theories and skills in order to best facilitate your individual process and needs. Within my practice I work with a range of issues such as anxiety & depression, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality exploration, gender, anger, loss, illness and body image. I am currently working online.
For me and my practice, it is really important to understand and acknowledge the complexity of every individuals experience. I endeavour to do this by holding an open mind and creating a safe boundaried space in which we can both get to know you better. I encorporate a range of theories and skills in order to best facilitate your individual process and needs. Within my practice I work with a range of issues such as anxiety & depression, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality exploration, gender, anger, loss, illness and body image. I am currently working online.
01273 099026 View 01273 099026
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Amanda Fox
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hexham NE46
Hiya, I'm Amanda a therapist dedicated to empowering adults on their path to recovery from trauma. If you've landed here, you may have frequent anxiety, depression, complex emotions, or challenges in your relationships. Traumatic events and abusive relationships at any age can effect your identity and leave you feeling stuck in the past. If life feels like it keeps repeating the same cycles, it may be time for change.
Hiya, I'm Amanda a therapist dedicated to empowering adults on their path to recovery from trauma. If you've landed here, you may have frequent anxiety, depression, complex emotions, or challenges in your relationships. Traumatic events and abusive relationships at any age can effect your identity and leave you feeling stuck in the past. If life feels like it keeps repeating the same cycles, it may be time for change.
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Online Therapists

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Amanda Jane Wilkinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Billingham TS23
Hello, I’m Amanda Wilkinson. I’m a therapist and jointly own a non profit making therapy company. I am experienced in working with Autism and relational trauma. I work with children, adults, families and organisations. I am a parent of four children and have a lived experience of parenting children who are neurodivergent. I have over 26 years of experience personally and professionally of different neurological conditions. I work with families who have adopted and looked after children, as well as birth families and individuals. I am NVR trained and work with groups and individuals where there is child to parent violence.
Hello, I’m Amanda Wilkinson. I’m a therapist and jointly own a non profit making therapy company. I am experienced in working with Autism and relational trauma. I work with children, adults, families and organisations. I am a parent of four children and have a lived experience of parenting children who are neurodivergent. I have over 26 years of experience personally and professionally of different neurological conditions. I work with families who have adopted and looked after children, as well as birth families and individuals. I am NVR trained and work with groups and individuals where there is child to parent violence.
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Deborah Lennox
Verified Verified
Glasgow G4
I specialise in supporting individuals with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma & Autism.
I'm Debbie, a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, based in Glasgow. With over 20 years of career experience, my background includes CBT therapy and offering support to individuals and families dealing with a variety of problems and issues. CBT is a talking therapy & a powerful support intervention to help manage problems by exploring & addressing the interconnection between thoughts, behaviours, & emotions. By breaking down overwhelming issues into manageable parts, CBT guides individuals in transforming negative thought patterns, into more positive ones, to help improve how you think & feel
I specialise in supporting individuals with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma & Autism.
I'm Debbie, a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, based in Glasgow. With over 20 years of career experience, my background includes CBT therapy and offering support to individuals and families dealing with a variety of problems and issues. CBT is a talking therapy & a powerful support intervention to help manage problems by exploring & addressing the interconnection between thoughts, behaviours, & emotions. By breaking down overwhelming issues into manageable parts, CBT guides individuals in transforming negative thought patterns, into more positive ones, to help improve how you think & feel
0141 673 8716 View 0141 673 8716
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Counselling with Pamela
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Castleford WF10  (Online Only)
I can help to support you with your Autism, ADHD. anxiety, depression or other concerns. I want to tell you that you're not alone in feeling unsure . or about talking openly about your feelings. I'd like to offer you the help and support you need. You don't have to feel alone, l can help you work through this time in a safe, trusting and confidential space, without any judgement.
I can help to support you with your Autism, ADHD. anxiety, depression or other concerns. I want to tell you that you're not alone in feeling unsure . or about talking openly about your feelings. I'd like to offer you the help and support you need. You don't have to feel alone, l can help you work through this time in a safe, trusting and confidential space, without any judgement.
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Eve Janes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Saviour JE2  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also specialise in neurodivergence which includes; ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, bipolar, OCD, tourette's, epilepsy, anxiety and depression amongst others.
Hello and welcome! My name is Eve, I am a neurodivergent support specialist & person-centred therapist. As a therapist, I always aim to be a compassionate facilitator, listening and acknowledging the client's experience without shifting the conversation in another direction, and by being open to experience; being trusting and trustworthy, being curious, creative, and compassionate. I feel this is vital in helping clients feel accepted and better understand their feelings. This approach can help clients reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth by enabling them to find their way to move forward and progress.
I also specialise in neurodivergence which includes; ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, bipolar, OCD, tourette's, epilepsy, anxiety and depression amongst others.
Hello and welcome! My name is Eve, I am a neurodivergent support specialist & person-centred therapist. As a therapist, I always aim to be a compassionate facilitator, listening and acknowledging the client's experience without shifting the conversation in another direction, and by being open to experience; being trusting and trustworthy, being curious, creative, and compassionate. I feel this is vital in helping clients feel accepted and better understand their feelings. This approach can help clients reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth by enabling them to find their way to move forward and progress.
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Unique Minds Therapeutic Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
York YO24
My name is Samantha Hurrell, The founder of Unique Minds. We offer Therapeutic Counselling, Supervision, Well-being MOTs and Autism assessment's. This is working Collaboratively with a Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Trained Therapist and Specialist Autism Counselling Therapist who can help Support clients' pre and post assessment. I work from a Neuro-Affirmative framework with my Clients' I also specialise in working with the NHS with Trauma. I also specialise in Attachment disorders , Couples and Family Therapy.
My name is Samantha Hurrell, The founder of Unique Minds. We offer Therapeutic Counselling, Supervision, Well-being MOTs and Autism assessment's. This is working Collaboratively with a Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Trained Therapist and Specialist Autism Counselling Therapist who can help Support clients' pre and post assessment. I work from a Neuro-Affirmative framework with my Clients' I also specialise in working with the NHS with Trauma. I also specialise in Attachment disorders , Couples and Family Therapy.
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PriorMindset
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oldham OL2
Are you feeling stuck or lost? attempting to find mental health or school support for your child, or your family unit? Are you struggling with NHS waiting lists for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Autism and ADHD guidance? Attempting to navigate the complex health and educational system is stressful and confusing for most families. Well, I see YOU! I encourage and welcome you to get in touch with me. I am an NHS award-winning family mental health, and CBT practitioner, with 14 years of experience. I am here to support you and your family unit through these difficult barriers; getting you back, on your road to recovery!
Are you feeling stuck or lost? attempting to find mental health or school support for your child, or your family unit? Are you struggling with NHS waiting lists for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Autism and ADHD guidance? Attempting to navigate the complex health and educational system is stressful and confusing for most families. Well, I see YOU! I encourage and welcome you to get in touch with me. I am an NHS award-winning family mental health, and CBT practitioner, with 14 years of experience. I am here to support you and your family unit through these difficult barriers; getting you back, on your road to recovery!
01706 335998 View 01706 335998
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Sandy Blair
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
0131 381 8430 View 0131 381 8430
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Eliot Keirl
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Glasgow G42
Originally from Manchester, I now live in Glasgow. I started my counselling training in London on Goldsmith University’s Graduate Certificate in Humanistic & Psychodynamic Counselling, before completing the University of Strathclyde’s MSc, Counselling & Psychotherapy. At Strathclyde I trained in Person-Centred Therapy and this forms the basis of my practice. I have experience working with a wide variety of people, I’m particularly familiar with autism and neurodiversity, and I work with all kinds of issues including depression and anxiety, as well as those vague feelings of just not being what you ought to be.
Originally from Manchester, I now live in Glasgow. I started my counselling training in London on Goldsmith University’s Graduate Certificate in Humanistic & Psychodynamic Counselling, before completing the University of Strathclyde’s MSc, Counselling & Psychotherapy. At Strathclyde I trained in Person-Centred Therapy and this forms the basis of my practice. I have experience working with a wide variety of people, I’m particularly familiar with autism and neurodiversity, and I work with all kinds of issues including depression and anxiety, as well as those vague feelings of just not being what you ought to be.
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Cheryl Taylor
Psychotherapist, PhD, BACP
Verified Verified
Ilkley LS29
Neurodivergence: ADHD, Autism. Bipolar, Psychosis, EMDR/ Trauma, CPTSD, dissociation, Attachment.
Neurodivergence: ADHD, Autism. Bipolar, Psychosis, EMDR/ Trauma, CPTSD, dissociation, Attachment.
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AJA Therapies
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Accrington BB5
Low mood/depression, Social anxiety, Panic disorder, Stress management, PTSD Separation anxiety, Phobias, Support with self-harm and suicidality, Support with family dynamics, Anger management and other mood dysregulations, Low self esteem/confidence, Specific support for those with ADHD and/or Autism (age 13 - 21), Life skills such as communication.
Hi I’m Lola. I created AJA Therapies, to provide accessible and affordable Mental Health therapies for all. AJA is the Yoruba Goddess for health and healing who shared her gift with others so as to continue the cycle of good health and healing. I am no Goddess but hope to share my knowledge and skills with you, to help you become the optimum version of yourself. As an RMN I’ve always strived to help others heal their minds and staying in control of your Mental Health is a constant journey. AJA Therapies can provide you with a variety of skills to maintain that control of your emotional wellbeing.
Low mood/depression, Social anxiety, Panic disorder, Stress management, PTSD Separation anxiety, Phobias, Support with self-harm and suicidality, Support with family dynamics, Anger management and other mood dysregulations, Low self esteem/confidence, Specific support for those with ADHD and/or Autism (age 13 - 21), Life skills such as communication.
Hi I’m Lola. I created AJA Therapies, to provide accessible and affordable Mental Health therapies for all. AJA is the Yoruba Goddess for health and healing who shared her gift with others so as to continue the cycle of good health and healing. I am no Goddess but hope to share my knowledge and skills with you, to help you become the optimum version of yourself. As an RMN I’ve always strived to help others heal their minds and staying in control of your Mental Health is a constant journey. AJA Therapies can provide you with a variety of skills to maintain that control of your emotional wellbeing.
01254 964131 View 01254 964131
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Claire Murdoch
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH14
Working in settings such as schools, NHS, hospice settings and a carers organisation my specialities include (but are not limited to) bereavement/grief counselling, autism, dementia and counselling teenagers in High School.
Seeking counselling can feel like a big step. Perhaps a confusing one. Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I have a COSCA accredited Diploma in Person Centred counselling meaning that I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I have a creative, eclectic approach and can bring other models into the counselling room where appropriate such as CBT, small world, gestalt and even music. At the moment I offer on-line and telephone counselling, however, post pandemic would also offer outdoor walking therapy.
Working in settings such as schools, NHS, hospice settings and a carers organisation my specialities include (but are not limited to) bereavement/grief counselling, autism, dementia and counselling teenagers in High School.
Seeking counselling can feel like a big step. Perhaps a confusing one. Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I have a COSCA accredited Diploma in Person Centred counselling meaning that I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I have a creative, eclectic approach and can bring other models into the counselling room where appropriate such as CBT, small world, gestalt and even music. At the moment I offer on-line and telephone counselling, however, post pandemic would also offer outdoor walking therapy.
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Adele Parker
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wetherby LS23
Furthermore, I co-ordinate an autism assessment & follow-up service (4 to 17 yrs).
My name is Adele & I've been working as Clinical Psychologist for over 16 years. I am trained to treat a range of psychological difficulties using a diverse set of therapeutic techniques. I work across the age range from young children to adults, working with a wide range of psychological difficulties. I also manage a wider team and I'm the managing director of Northern Clinical Psychology Services (please see my website www.ncps-uk.com for more details). My ultimate goal is to offer a 'gold' standard service & in doing so help to reduce psychological distress whilst enhancing & promoting well-being & quality of life.
Furthermore, I co-ordinate an autism assessment & follow-up service (4 to 17 yrs).
My name is Adele & I've been working as Clinical Psychologist for over 16 years. I am trained to treat a range of psychological difficulties using a diverse set of therapeutic techniques. I work across the age range from young children to adults, working with a wide range of psychological difficulties. I also manage a wider team and I'm the managing director of Northern Clinical Psychology Services (please see my website www.ncps-uk.com for more details). My ultimate goal is to offer a 'gold' standard service & in doing so help to reduce psychological distress whilst enhancing & promoting well-being & quality of life.
01937 229449 View 01937 229449
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Natalie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peterlee SR8
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
0191 743 9237 View 0191 743 9237
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Jane Hamilton
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Glasgow G44
If your family is affected by autism it can be hard to find someone who has a real understanding of the everyday issues you might be confronted with.
I have trained and practise as a person centred counsellor because I believe everyone has the potential to reach inside and find their own strength and resources, with a little help . There are times in all of our lives when we feel we need some extra help to cope with life events and struggles. I would like to help you through whatever it is that brings you here. Whether it is work, life events, or you're not sure what is wrong but feel something is not right, it can help to share your feelings with that impartial, non-judgemental someone, allowing you to clarify your own thoughts and helping you to see a way through.
If your family is affected by autism it can be hard to find someone who has a real understanding of the everyday issues you might be confronted with.
I have trained and practise as a person centred counsellor because I believe everyone has the potential to reach inside and find their own strength and resources, with a little help . There are times in all of our lives when we feel we need some extra help to cope with life events and struggles. I would like to help you through whatever it is that brings you here. Whether it is work, life events, or you're not sure what is wrong but feel something is not right, it can help to share your feelings with that impartial, non-judgemental someone, allowing you to clarify your own thoughts and helping you to see a way through.
01357 518914 View 01357 518914
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Dr Cheryl Venart - Neurodivergent Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glasgow G2
Are you looking for some support? Perhaps you have autism/ADHD? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and diagnosing and assessing ADHD. I work with adults of all ages, and young people (8+ years old). I currently provide gold standard and thorough ADHD assessments for adolescents (16+) and adults, so please get in touch if I can help.
Are you looking for some support? Perhaps you have autism/ADHD? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and diagnosing and assessing ADHD. I work with adults of all ages, and young people (8+ years old). I currently provide gold standard and thorough ADHD assessments for adolescents (16+) and adults, so please get in touch if I can help.
0141 673 8378 View 0141 673 8378
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Tony Hall
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Rossendale BB4
I work with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and have a special interest in Autism and Aspergers, particularly in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic. I work in private practice and as a counsellor at Understanding Autism North West.
I work with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and have a special interest in Autism and Aspergers, particularly in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic. I work in private practice and as a counsellor at Understanding Autism North West.
01706 619833 View 01706 619833

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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.