Autism Counselling in Whitby

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Alchemilla Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitby YO21  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Dorrie. Finding a therapist that is right for you can be completely overwhelming; there is so much choice and sometimes, the therapist jargon can be a real head scratcher. As you read through my profile, have a think about if I seem like someone you could connect with, as that is such an important aspect of finding the right therapist. You may be seeking therapy because you are feeling depressed, anxious or may want to explore who you are and what that means to you. Together we will forge a relationship which will serve as a safe haven to express and explore yourself openly, without judgment.
Hello, I’m Dorrie. Finding a therapist that is right for you can be completely overwhelming; there is so much choice and sometimes, the therapist jargon can be a real head scratcher. As you read through my profile, have a think about if I seem like someone you could connect with, as that is such an important aspect of finding the right therapist. You may be seeking therapy because you are feeling depressed, anxious or may want to explore who you are and what that means to you. Together we will forge a relationship which will serve as a safe haven to express and explore yourself openly, without judgment.
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Sheron Veail
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Whitby YO21
Sometimes we all need a little help, juggling the pressures responsibilities of work, families and relationships. Are you looking for someone to help you understand your anxiety or depression. I work as a Person Centred Counsellor/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I work with depression, bereavement, general anxiety disorder (GAD) relationship issues, children (bullying/self-harm) and anxiety. Counselling can help alleviate some of the most distressing symptoms that people feel and allow you to see things from a different perspective. Therapy can help start this process of developing insight and self-awareness about your situation.
Sometimes we all need a little help, juggling the pressures responsibilities of work, families and relationships. Are you looking for someone to help you understand your anxiety or depression. I work as a Person Centred Counsellor/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I work with depression, bereavement, general anxiety disorder (GAD) relationship issues, children (bullying/self-harm) and anxiety. Counselling can help alleviate some of the most distressing symptoms that people feel and allow you to see things from a different perspective. Therapy can help start this process of developing insight and self-awareness about your situation.
0113 519 0937 View 0113 519 0937
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Counselling by the Sea
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Whitby YO21
Sometimes life can become too overwhelming because of difficult events or relationships, both old or current. You may be struggling with anxious feelings or have become stuck in unhelpful behaviours as you try to manage your world. This can become a lonely and disempowering place. People come to therapy because they recognise these thoughts or strategies are limiting their lives. My work is humanistic in approach with a person-centred focus; this means that I will listen and value what you share and not be judgemental or directive. I build empathic therapeutic relationships that enable you to feel safe to share your emotions.
Sometimes life can become too overwhelming because of difficult events or relationships, both old or current. You may be struggling with anxious feelings or have become stuck in unhelpful behaviours as you try to manage your world. This can become a lonely and disempowering place. People come to therapy because they recognise these thoughts or strategies are limiting their lives. My work is humanistic in approach with a person-centred focus; this means that I will listen and value what you share and not be judgemental or directive. I build empathic therapeutic relationships that enable you to feel safe to share your emotions.
01947 660419 View 01947 660419
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Carolyn Knaggs
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Whitby YO21
The aim of sessions is to work towards an understanding of the challenges you face and the changes you wish to make. During sessions, you will be the focus of our attentions and I will value you without judgement, as a unique person, an equal. Having been in counselling myself, I have an understanding of the process. It can be a daunting prospect, and I will support you in that journey. I have listed many specialities and whilst I do have experience of working with them, I believe there is more to you than a "diagnosis" or an "issue" so the focus is on you the whole person, and whatever you choose to bring. NOTE - OVER 18'S ONLY
The aim of sessions is to work towards an understanding of the challenges you face and the changes you wish to make. During sessions, you will be the focus of our attentions and I will value you without judgement, as a unique person, an equal. Having been in counselling myself, I have an understanding of the process. It can be a daunting prospect, and I will support you in that journey. I have listed many specialities and whilst I do have experience of working with them, I believe there is more to you than a "diagnosis" or an "issue" so the focus is on you the whole person, and whatever you choose to bring. NOTE - OVER 18'S ONLY
01723 332928 View 01723 332928
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Counselling by Jane & Animal Assisted Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Whitby YO21
I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor. By talking & exploring your thoughts & feelings, you will discover underlying issues and discover strategies and new ways to cope & manage better. Therapy will help you gain a true sense of self & discover your potential. Any negative experiences or self-doubts you have, we will work through together so you overcome & find a more positive direction. Therapy will empower you to take control of your life. Therapy pets are available to sit with you throughout your sessions. I’m trained in Rewind Therapy for trauma. I hold a Certificate & Diploma in Supervision should any therapists require support.
I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor. By talking & exploring your thoughts & feelings, you will discover underlying issues and discover strategies and new ways to cope & manage better. Therapy will help you gain a true sense of self & discover your potential. Any negative experiences or self-doubts you have, we will work through together so you overcome & find a more positive direction. Therapy will empower you to take control of your life. Therapy pets are available to sit with you throughout your sessions. I’m trained in Rewind Therapy for trauma. I hold a Certificate & Diploma in Supervision should any therapists require support.
01723 333046 View 01723 333046
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Kay Farquharson
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Whitby YO21
Hello and thank you for checking my details. I am an experienced Doctoral Psychologist working regularly in Ryedale and area with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating & body concerns, bereavement, loss and trauma, (including childhood issues). I have additional training, experience and working knowledge in both trauma and all forms of dissociation. Psychological therapy is a highly effective means of dealing with emotional issues and my work is dedicated to offering a professional, confidential service, helping people to deal with problems and gain the insight needed to build healthier more fulfilling lives.
Hello and thank you for checking my details. I am an experienced Doctoral Psychologist working regularly in Ryedale and area with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating & body concerns, bereavement, loss and trauma, (including childhood issues). I have additional training, experience and working knowledge in both trauma and all forms of dissociation. Psychological therapy is a highly effective means of dealing with emotional issues and my work is dedicated to offering a professional, confidential service, helping people to deal with problems and gain the insight needed to build healthier more fulfilling lives.
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More Therapists Nearby

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Jade Baker
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13
I hope you are ok, before I explained about my qualifications and the type of work I do, I wanted to explain how you get started. You have already done step one you are thinking about reaching out (I know how much courage this takes, so well done). I offer a safe, warm environment where you can open up without fear of judgement. I work with both adults and children, who have a variety of presenting issues from bereavement, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and much more. I also have some therapy pets that can come into the sessions.
I hope you are ok, before I explained about my qualifications and the type of work I do, I wanted to explain how you get started. You have already done step one you are thinking about reaching out (I know how much courage this takes, so well done). I offer a safe, warm environment where you can open up without fear of judgement. I work with both adults and children, who have a variety of presenting issues from bereavement, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and much more. I also have some therapy pets that can come into the sessions.
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Online Therapists

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Kay Duffield
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bolton BL6
Hi, my name is Kay, I am a therapist who is passionate about supporting children (from 11 years old), teens and adults. Alongside neurotypical clients, I have worked extensively with people who are neurodivergent, have Autism and/or ADHD. If you are experiencing Anxiety, Depression, distress, are overwhelmed or you are dealing with a difficult life event then we can work together towards a solution, whether this be self-care, someone to listen to you, moving from stuckness or filling your mental health toolbox with healthy strategies to manage.
Hi, my name is Kay, I am a therapist who is passionate about supporting children (from 11 years old), teens and adults. Alongside neurotypical clients, I have worked extensively with people who are neurodivergent, have Autism and/or ADHD. If you are experiencing Anxiety, Depression, distress, are overwhelmed or you are dealing with a difficult life event then we can work together towards a solution, whether this be self-care, someone to listen to you, moving from stuckness or filling your mental health toolbox with healthy strategies to manage.
01204 329197 View 01204 329197
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Niamh Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huddersfield HD7
Do you struggle with feeling misunderstood by others, or overwhelmed with the responsibilities of daily life? Do you have ADHD and/or autism, or do you feel depressed or anxious? I am here to listen and support you. I know how hard it can be dealing with mental health struggles and I will provide a safe space for you to open up about your thoughts and feelings.
Do you struggle with feeling misunderstood by others, or overwhelmed with the responsibilities of daily life? Do you have ADHD and/or autism, or do you feel depressed or anxious? I am here to listen and support you. I know how hard it can be dealing with mental health struggles and I will provide a safe space for you to open up about your thoughts and feelings.
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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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Mental-health4u
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M29  (Online Only)
I offer Eclectic therapy focusing on presenting difficulties and drawing on strengths, CBT based anxiety sessions, EMDR, EFT, Systemic Family Practice, and ADHD and Autism Post Diagnostic support.
Hi, I’m Elle, I’m the lead therapist at Mental-Health4u. I’m a mental health and neurodivergent therapist with over 10 years of experience. I pride myself on being a warm and caring practitioner who is never afraid to go the extra mile. I can provide support with different mental health concerns including: anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, low mood, difficulties with emotional regulation and self harm. The only thing I would require is a motivation from you to work on your mental health.
I offer Eclectic therapy focusing on presenting difficulties and drawing on strengths, CBT based anxiety sessions, EMDR, EFT, Systemic Family Practice, and ADHD and Autism Post Diagnostic support.
Hi, I’m Elle, I’m the lead therapist at Mental-Health4u. I’m a mental health and neurodivergent therapist with over 10 years of experience. I pride myself on being a warm and caring practitioner who is never afraid to go the extra mile. I can provide support with different mental health concerns including: anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, low mood, difficulties with emotional regulation and self harm. The only thing I would require is a motivation from you to work on your mental health.
01942 559703 View 01942 559703
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George Boswell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M22
Are you fed up of feeling like you never fit in? Maybe you're tired of masking your true self through fear of other people's judgements, criticisms or rejection? These are experiences I hear from clients so frequently. I work with people that want to find ways to live more authentically, to be more comfortable in expressing their true selves. I support clients to uncover their natural ways of being, to unmask and find ways to express their true emotions. I have a passion and a wealth of knowledge (professionally and personally) of supporting neurodiverse clients (predominantly, though not exclusively clients with autism and ADHD).
Are you fed up of feeling like you never fit in? Maybe you're tired of masking your true self through fear of other people's judgements, criticisms or rejection? These are experiences I hear from clients so frequently. I work with people that want to find ways to live more authentically, to be more comfortable in expressing their true selves. I support clients to uncover their natural ways of being, to unmask and find ways to express their true emotions. I have a passion and a wealth of knowledge (professionally and personally) of supporting neurodiverse clients (predominantly, though not exclusively clients with autism and ADHD).
0161 524 1035 View 0161 524 1035
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Lorna Evans | The Mind Movement
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
0191 917 2252 View 0191 917 2252
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Sara Bartlett Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S4  (Online Only)
I've completed a Post Grad Cert in Autism with Dr Luke Beardon and I read widely the writing & research by autistic writers & advocates.
I work online with adult autistic Individuals and with Couples in the UK. I provide an accessible & compassionate service that reduces distress & enables people to address what is difficult. If we have not been understood and accepted we may develop ways of being and doing that do not support our well being. We keep our true selves hidden from others and whilst this protects us, it can cause much pain and limit us. With an understanding therapist we can trust, we begin to make sense of who we are, how we are and what has happened to us in our lives. We can be truer to ourselves and live with more confidence, ease and acceptance.
I've completed a Post Grad Cert in Autism with Dr Luke Beardon and I read widely the writing & research by autistic writers & advocates.
I work online with adult autistic Individuals and with Couples in the UK. I provide an accessible & compassionate service that reduces distress & enables people to address what is difficult. If we have not been understood and accepted we may develop ways of being and doing that do not support our well being. We keep our true selves hidden from others and whilst this protects us, it can cause much pain and limit us. With an understanding therapist we can trust, we begin to make sense of who we are, how we are and what has happened to us in our lives. We can be truer to ourselves and live with more confidence, ease and acceptance.
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Anna Faff
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Manchester M24
I specialised in Autism in Adults, attachment disorder and trauma.
I am a psychotherapist on the spectrum with ADHD. I have been late diagnosed so I can relate to NT and ND. I understand how life-changing could be for anyone to be diagnosed with Autism. I am helping people who are experiencing detachment, unexplained pain, and lack of stability. Along with high levels of emotional distress, mood difficulties, shame, guilt, difficulties with self-esteem and difficulties in life in general. I offer a non-judgemental, welcoming space where you can find your own solutions and paths that would lead you to growth and building resilience.
I specialised in Autism in Adults, attachment disorder and trauma.
I am a psychotherapist on the spectrum with ADHD. I have been late diagnosed so I can relate to NT and ND. I understand how life-changing could be for anyone to be diagnosed with Autism. I am helping people who are experiencing detachment, unexplained pain, and lack of stability. Along with high levels of emotional distress, mood difficulties, shame, guilt, difficulties with self-esteem and difficulties in life in general. I offer a non-judgemental, welcoming space where you can find your own solutions and paths that would lead you to growth and building resilience.
0161 524 0507 View 0161 524 0507
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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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Sarah Tomlinson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist who is able to work with any adults, but specialises in autism (diagnosis and post-diagnostic support), learning disabilities and trauma. I have 17 years post-doctoral experience and have worked for the NHS for this period. I am HCPC registered, and am accredited by the National Autistic Society. My therapeutic models include EMDR, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work privately on Mondays, but from August I will work Fridays also (online or central Manchester). I offer reasonable rates for autism assessments. I am NICE guidance compliant and very experienced in this area.
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist who is able to work with any adults, but specialises in autism (diagnosis and post-diagnostic support), learning disabilities and trauma. I have 17 years post-doctoral experience and have worked for the NHS for this period. I am HCPC registered, and am accredited by the National Autistic Society. My therapeutic models include EMDR, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work privately on Mondays, but from August I will work Fridays also (online or central Manchester). I offer reasonable rates for autism assessments. I am NICE guidance compliant and very experienced in this area.
0161 524 0238 View 0161 524 0238
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Rainbow Junction Therapy
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M28  (Online Only)
Hi there! Welcome to Rainbow Junction Therapy - a specialist therapy service for all LGBTQ+ people. We offer bespoke and adapted psychological therapy to children, teens, young people, adults and older adults from the LGBTQ+ communities. We have specialist practitioners that work with gender dysphoria/incongruence, bisexual mental health, family planning, mood difficulties, ADHD, Autism, self-harmful behaviours, and much more. We have three core therapy pillars: 1) knowledgeable and experienced therapists, 2) safe and empowering therapy and 3) always intersectional therapy - which fully centres your needs and goals.
Hi there! Welcome to Rainbow Junction Therapy - a specialist therapy service for all LGBTQ+ people. We offer bespoke and adapted psychological therapy to children, teens, young people, adults and older adults from the LGBTQ+ communities. We have specialist practitioners that work with gender dysphoria/incongruence, bisexual mental health, family planning, mood difficulties, ADHD, Autism, self-harmful behaviours, and much more. We have three core therapy pillars: 1) knowledgeable and experienced therapists, 2) safe and empowering therapy and 3) always intersectional therapy - which fully centres your needs and goals.
0161 524 4239 View 0161 524 4239
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Arfeen Thomasina Afsar
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bradford BD5
Whether you’re grappling with grief, ADHD, autism, or the weight of caregiving responsibilities, I am here to walk alongside you, providing unwavering support and guidance.
Hello, i’m Arfeen a dedicated and compassionate fully qualified counsellor. I work with adults offering face to face and remote counselling. I have also trained as a grief counsellor. I’m here to offer you understanding and support, in a space where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment—a space where your inner world is not only heard but truly understood. I firmly believe that within each individual lies the wisdom and strength to overcome life’s challenges. My role is not to dictate solutions but to empower you to discover your own answers and navigate your journey towards healing and growth.
Whether you’re grappling with grief, ADHD, autism, or the weight of caregiving responsibilities, I am here to walk alongside you, providing unwavering support and guidance.
Hello, i’m Arfeen a dedicated and compassionate fully qualified counsellor. I work with adults offering face to face and remote counselling. I have also trained as a grief counsellor. I’m here to offer you understanding and support, in a space where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment—a space where your inner world is not only heard but truly understood. I firmly believe that within each individual lies the wisdom and strength to overcome life’s challenges. My role is not to dictate solutions but to empower you to discover your own answers and navigate your journey towards healing and growth.
0113 519 0522 View 0113 519 0522
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Dr Lucy Murray
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S11
I offer psychological therapy to people on their path to becoming pregnant, pregnancy and the first few years of parenthood. In my role as an NHS Neonatal Clinical Psychologist, I have the privilege of supporting parents whose babies have been born prematurely. I have helped my clients with difficulties including complex fertility journeys, worries during pregnancy, birth trauma, loss or bereavement, concerns about attachment and bonding and adjustment to having a child with longer-term health needs. I support parental mental health needs including anxiety, depression, Autism and ADHD. I look forward to speaking to you.
I offer psychological therapy to people on their path to becoming pregnant, pregnancy and the first few years of parenthood. In my role as an NHS Neonatal Clinical Psychologist, I have the privilege of supporting parents whose babies have been born prematurely. I have helped my clients with difficulties including complex fertility journeys, worries during pregnancy, birth trauma, loss or bereavement, concerns about attachment and bonding and adjustment to having a child with longer-term health needs. I support parental mental health needs including anxiety, depression, Autism and ADHD. I look forward to speaking to you.
0114 697 1116 View 0114 697 1116
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.