Autism Counselling in Northallerton

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Julie Iveson Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Northallerton DL6
Welcome! I offer a warm, relaxed and empathic space to help you deveIop self-understanding, compassion and acceptance . My skills, knowledge and training were achieved at the highest level available at the accredited Northern Guild in Jesmond, Newcastle. In addition to my private practice, I have experience working in a variety of therapy and psychology services; and significant experience working with grief, loss and illness, including: an NHS secondary mental health service, a national bereavement charity, and a local hospice. ​I am on the National Autistic Society's List of Counsellors.
Welcome! I offer a warm, relaxed and empathic space to help you deveIop self-understanding, compassion and acceptance . My skills, knowledge and training were achieved at the highest level available at the accredited Northern Guild in Jesmond, Newcastle. In addition to my private practice, I have experience working in a variety of therapy and psychology services; and significant experience working with grief, loss and illness, including: an NHS secondary mental health service, a national bereavement charity, and a local hospice. ​I am on the National Autistic Society's List of Counsellors.
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Dr Rachel Tyler
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Northallerton DL7
Waitlist for new clients
I'm Dr Rachel Tyler and I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have over 10 years experience working across a range of NHS settings, supporting children, adolescents and adults with emotional difficulties. I have particular expertise working in child and adolescent mental health, including with mood disorders, neurodiversity, trauma and gender identity. In order to achieve a personalised therapy experience, I work from an integrative approach. This means I draw upon a range of therapeutic models dependent upon which approach best fits with your experiences.
I'm Dr Rachel Tyler and I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have over 10 years experience working across a range of NHS settings, supporting children, adolescents and adults with emotional difficulties. I have particular expertise working in child and adolescent mental health, including with mood disorders, neurodiversity, trauma and gender identity. In order to achieve a personalised therapy experience, I work from an integrative approach. This means I draw upon a range of therapeutic models dependent upon which approach best fits with your experiences.
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Caroline Mattinson Better Nature Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Northallerton DL7
Hello and welcome. I’m a counsellor providing short and long term therapy. You may have reached a point in your life where you feel that you need help to deal with something, understand it, or come to terms with it. Sometimes, you may not be able to pinpoint the reason behind your sense of unhappiness, or there isn’t a name or heading for the way you feel, yet you do have the inkling that now might be the right time to do something about it. Counselling can offer you that time and space. I can help with issues like anxiety, depression, low self esteem, coping with life’s challenges, or how our early relationships affect us.
Hello and welcome. I’m a counsellor providing short and long term therapy. You may have reached a point in your life where you feel that you need help to deal with something, understand it, or come to terms with it. Sometimes, you may not be able to pinpoint the reason behind your sense of unhappiness, or there isn’t a name or heading for the way you feel, yet you do have the inkling that now might be the right time to do something about it. Counselling can offer you that time and space. I can help with issues like anxiety, depression, low self esteem, coping with life’s challenges, or how our early relationships affect us.
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Nicola Jane Birkin
Verified Verified
Northallerton DL7
Are you struggling with issues around Eating or an Eating Disorder? Are you feeling uncomfortable with your body and its impacting on your mental health? Are you or a family member avoiding specific foods that you feel concerned about and you want to discuss this further? I am a Specialist Therapist in all these areas and I can help. I have worked in this field for over 20 years with 13 years working in this area in the NHS, more recently I moved to private treatment as Therapist and developing a Day Service again in this area. I also offer dietetic support from a Specialist Dietitian as an option part of the treatment package.
Are you struggling with issues around Eating or an Eating Disorder? Are you feeling uncomfortable with your body and its impacting on your mental health? Are you or a family member avoiding specific foods that you feel concerned about and you want to discuss this further? I am a Specialist Therapist in all these areas and I can help. I have worked in this field for over 20 years with 13 years working in this area in the NHS, more recently I moved to private treatment as Therapist and developing a Day Service again in this area. I also offer dietetic support from a Specialist Dietitian as an option part of the treatment package.
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Nicky's Therapy Space
Counsellor, PsychD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Northallerton DL6
Hi my name is Nicky Martin and I am friendly professional BACP registered Child & Young Person Counsellor located in Saltburn by the Sea and Stokesley and easily accessible for children and young people coming from the surrounding areas of Teesside and North Yorkshire. I am experienced in helping children and young people who have experienced personal difficulties, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, home insecurity, feelings of loss, grief and bereavement, trauma, child traumatic grief, problems with family or school life, self-harm, and with neuro-divergent children and young people with ASD , ADHD and Dyslexia.
Hi my name is Nicky Martin and I am friendly professional BACP registered Child & Young Person Counsellor located in Saltburn by the Sea and Stokesley and easily accessible for children and young people coming from the surrounding areas of Teesside and North Yorkshire. I am experienced in helping children and young people who have experienced personal difficulties, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, home insecurity, feelings of loss, grief and bereavement, trauma, child traumatic grief, problems with family or school life, self-harm, and with neuro-divergent children and young people with ASD , ADHD and Dyslexia.
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More Therapists Nearby

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Jacquibird Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Thirsk YO7
Welcome I am a registered MBACP accredited Counsellor/psychotherapist. I am qualified in several modalities of therapy - meaning I can integrate a range of interventions to support you. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and young people. I offer online appointments and face to face appointments in York and Thirsk. I also offer walk and talk sessions in York and Thirsk. I specialise in relationship and psychosexual therapy, trauma and PTSD. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk in confidence, I'm here by your side to support you and help you move forward at your pace.
Welcome I am a registered MBACP accredited Counsellor/psychotherapist. I am qualified in several modalities of therapy - meaning I can integrate a range of interventions to support you. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and young people. I offer online appointments and face to face appointments in York and Thirsk. I also offer walk and talk sessions in York and Thirsk. I specialise in relationship and psychosexual therapy, trauma and PTSD. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk in confidence, I'm here by your side to support you and help you move forward at your pace.
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Online Therapists

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Neurodiversity Affirming Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Manchester M16
As a trauma informed therapist, I acknowledge that the deficit/disorder narrative and the medicalised model of Autism and ADHD can be traumatising.
I am proudly a combination of Autistic and ADHD. AuDHD has a nice ring to it. I draw on 14 years of experience in private practice as well as lived experience of being neurodivergent. I specialise in working with sensitive souls, Autism, ADHD. I work with clients who fall into what used to be the Asperger category of Autism. Although these people are considered to be high functioning, I am careful using this term. It can cover up the deep seated struggles under the facade of “doing well”.
As a trauma informed therapist, I acknowledge that the deficit/disorder narrative and the medicalised model of Autism and ADHD can be traumatising.
I am proudly a combination of Autistic and ADHD. AuDHD has a nice ring to it. I draw on 14 years of experience in private practice as well as lived experience of being neurodivergent. I specialise in working with sensitive souls, Autism, ADHD. I work with clients who fall into what used to be the Asperger category of Autism. Although these people are considered to be high functioning, I am careful using this term. It can cover up the deep seated struggles under the facade of “doing well”.
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Sarah French
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11  (Online Only)
Many people have experienced misdiagnosis often with autism or ADHD overlooked and misunderstood by therapists.
My name is Sarah and I have over 20 years experience working as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. I specialise in CBT, ACT, Compassion focused approaches and in EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), includes a range of talking therapies, all based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, what we do, and how our bodies feel, are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter all the others. When we’re low or upset, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice thinking styles or unhelpful things that we do so we can live better.
Many people have experienced misdiagnosis often with autism or ADHD overlooked and misunderstood by therapists.
My name is Sarah and I have over 20 years experience working as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. I specialise in CBT, ACT, Compassion focused approaches and in EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), includes a range of talking therapies, all based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, what we do, and how our bodies feel, are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter all the others. When we’re low or upset, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice thinking styles or unhelpful things that we do so we can live better.
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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!
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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 Silke Newman
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Barnsley S75
Are you supporting a person with a learning disability, ADHD or autism who is in crisis or going through a transition and are experiencing mental health difficulties? Do you have a learning disability, ADHD or autism and are feeling upset, scared or angry much of the time? I use a variety of evidence based treatments and provide diagnostic assessments. I support people when theya going through a crisis or transition, need clarity via an assessment/diagnosis and to help clients and their families lead a fulfilling life understanding and reducing mental health problems and/or challenging behaviour.
Are you supporting a person with a learning disability, ADHD or autism who is in crisis or going through a transition and are experiencing mental health difficulties? Do you have a learning disability, ADHD or autism and are feeling upset, scared or angry much of the time? I use a variety of evidence based treatments and provide diagnostic assessments. I support people when theya going through a crisis or transition, need clarity via an assessment/diagnosis and to help clients and their families lead a fulfilling life understanding and reducing mental health problems and/or challenging behaviour.
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Shan Merchant (Couples Therapist)
Counsellor, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Ilkley LS29
I have a special interest in working with couples where one or both partners is on the autism spectrum.
Do you feel despair or a growing distance in your relationship no matter what you do? Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? My clients often tell me they miss warmth & affection and wish they could turn back the clock to happier times. Perhaps your partner had an affair and you're both scared and don't know what to do now. Either way, one thing's for sure: you’re desperate for some relief. It might be hard to imagine your relationship could be full of fun and laughter again but this has happened with my clients. Together we can move you from anxiety and stuckness to feeling happy again.
I have a special interest in working with couples where one or both partners is on the autism spectrum.
Do you feel despair or a growing distance in your relationship no matter what you do? Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? My clients often tell me they miss warmth & affection and wish they could turn back the clock to happier times. Perhaps your partner had an affair and you're both scared and don't know what to do now. Either way, one thing's for sure: you’re desperate for some relief. It might be hard to imagine your relationship could be full of fun and laughter again but this has happened with my clients. Together we can move you from anxiety and stuckness to feeling happy again.
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Thriving Young Minds
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bury BL0
Areas of expertise include autism, anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, loss, self-esteem, school issues, stress, confidence, relationship issues, family issues and self-harm.
I'm Adele and I'm the founder of Thriving Young Minds in Ramsbottom, Bury. We are a team of therapists offering Counselling and Play Therapy for children, teenagers and young adults aged 4-25 years. This means that we can provide the most appropriate support for your needs. If you are impacted by autism, anxiety, panic, low mood, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, school issues, trauma and abuse, and if you're unsure of how to move forward, we can work with you to achieve your goals in a strengths-focused way, to help you develop the confidence to thrive rather than just survive.
Areas of expertise include autism, anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, loss, self-esteem, school issues, stress, confidence, relationship issues, family issues and self-harm.
I'm Adele and I'm the founder of Thriving Young Minds in Ramsbottom, Bury. We are a team of therapists offering Counselling and Play Therapy for children, teenagers and young adults aged 4-25 years. This means that we can provide the most appropriate support for your needs. If you are impacted by autism, anxiety, panic, low mood, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, school issues, trauma and abuse, and if you're unsure of how to move forward, we can work with you to achieve your goals in a strengths-focused way, to help you develop the confidence to thrive rather than just survive.
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Hope Therapy Hub
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S33
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
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Georgia Fragkouli
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
Waitlist for new clients
I am working with a range of difficulties around: bereavement, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, body image, self-harming, aggression, withdrawal, Autism, ADHD, bullying, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, cultural issues, divorce, health related issues, fostering and adoption process, relationship issues, trauma, developmental and attachment issues.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with specialisation in adults, children and young people. I am an Accredited Member by UKCP and a Registered Member of BACP. I offer therapy face to face and online. I practice in English and Greek. I work in a relational, attuned, and holistic way with clients. Clients say I am calm, gentle, and warm. In a non-judgmental, safe, caring, and confidential space, i help clients to go through psychological challenges by improving their relationship with themselves and others, as well as cope with everyday stressors and live more fulfilling lives.
I am working with a range of difficulties around: bereavement, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, body image, self-harming, aggression, withdrawal, Autism, ADHD, bullying, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, cultural issues, divorce, health related issues, fostering and adoption process, relationship issues, trauma, developmental and attachment issues.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with specialisation in adults, children and young people. I am an Accredited Member by UKCP and a Registered Member of BACP. I offer therapy face to face and online. I practice in English and Greek. I work in a relational, attuned, and holistic way with clients. Clients say I am calm, gentle, and warm. In a non-judgmental, safe, caring, and confidential space, i help clients to go through psychological challenges by improving their relationship with themselves and others, as well as cope with everyday stressors and live more fulfilling lives.
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Natalie Mills
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Aside from my private practice, I work for Respect For All who specialise in counselling adults and children with autism and learning disabilities.
I know things can be difficult but you don’t need to struggle alone, because I'm here to help. As a qualified therapist, my mission is to help you to overcome your fears and doubts and realise what you are truly capable of. I offer a friendly and confidential one-to-one counselling service supporting adults, young people, and children with a variety of emotional, mental, and physical issues. I will be empathic, honest, and non-judgemental during our sessions.
Aside from my private practice, I work for Respect For All who specialise in counselling adults and children with autism and learning disabilities.
I know things can be difficult but you don’t need to struggle alone, because I'm here to help. As a qualified therapist, my mission is to help you to overcome your fears and doubts and realise what you are truly capable of. I offer a friendly and confidential one-to-one counselling service supporting adults, young people, and children with a variety of emotional, mental, and physical issues. I will be empathic, honest, and non-judgemental during our sessions.
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Abbie Bond
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L14  (Online Only)
As a qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, I specialise in helping individuals navigate through anxiety and depression. Through collaborative conversations, I work with clients to understand their struggles and explore effective ways to manage and overcome them. I acknowledge that anxiety and depression frequently accompany other concerns, such as stress, trauma, ADHD or Autism. My experience involves working with individuals dealing not only with anxiety and depression but also the added complexities that can arise from these challenges.
As a qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, I specialise in helping individuals navigate through anxiety and depression. Through collaborative conversations, I work with clients to understand their struggles and explore effective ways to manage and overcome them. I acknowledge that anxiety and depression frequently accompany other concerns, such as stress, trauma, ADHD or Autism. My experience involves working with individuals dealing not only with anxiety and depression but also the added complexities that can arise from these challenges.
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MindScope Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S26
Over the past 3 years I have worked predominantly with Autism & Neurodevelopment disorders, I emotionally support families, adults, parents, children & young people, from pre to post diagnosis and beyond.
Does anxiety control your life? Is everything just too overwhelming? Do you, or your child struggle to 'fit 'in? Have you lost your sense of direction or purpose?, or maybe you just don't feel 'good enough'. As a Person centred counsellor I will listen without judgement, empower and support you. 'You' are the expert, this is your life, your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours are all important and extremely valid. Maybe your haunted by trauma, PTSD, phobias, bullying, nightmares or anxiety. By using Rewind therapy, together we can reframe the trauma and the fear offering you a happier, better quality of life.
Over the past 3 years I have worked predominantly with Autism & Neurodevelopment disorders, I emotionally support families, adults, parents, children & young people, from pre to post diagnosis and beyond.
Does anxiety control your life? Is everything just too overwhelming? Do you, or your child struggle to 'fit 'in? Have you lost your sense of direction or purpose?, or maybe you just don't feel 'good enough'. As a Person centred counsellor I will listen without judgement, empower and support you. 'You' are the expert, this is your life, your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours are all important and extremely valid. Maybe your haunted by trauma, PTSD, phobias, bullying, nightmares or anxiety. By using Rewind therapy, together we can reframe the trauma and the fear offering you a happier, better quality of life.
0114 697 0117 View 0114 697 0117
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Vanessa Louise Parry
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Lymm WA13
ADHD and autism.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I use a combination of approaches tailored to the needs of my clients such as person centred, and CBT to examine current thoughts and feelings, as well as psychodynamic exploration of the past to help reach an understanding of the issues being faced. Each client is unique, and I welcome their thoughts about the direction in which they would like their therapy sessions to take. I am an approved therapist for Anxiety UK and am experienced in working with clients struggling with anxiety and depression. This can range from mild stress and low mood to a feeling of being completely debilitated
ADHD and autism.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I use a combination of approaches tailored to the needs of my clients such as person centred, and CBT to examine current thoughts and feelings, as well as psychodynamic exploration of the past to help reach an understanding of the issues being faced. Each client is unique, and I welcome their thoughts about the direction in which they would like their therapy sessions to take. I am an approved therapist for Anxiety UK and am experienced in working with clients struggling with anxiety and depression. This can range from mild stress and low mood to a feeling of being completely debilitated
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Peter John Haggerston
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
01642 056026 View 01642 056026

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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.