Autism Therapists in Long Beach, CA

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S & S Psychological Consultants
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90807  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with a range of different learning difficulties such as attention challenges (ADD/ ADHD), behavior concerns (ODD), compulsive behavior (OCD), and Autism.
I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to my clients. For therapy to be effective it is important to find a therapist who is the right fit for you. As a participant in the treatment process we work together to develop treatment goals that fit your unique needs.
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with a range of different learning difficulties such as attention challenges (ADD/ ADHD), behavior concerns (ODD), compulsive behavior (OCD), and Autism.
I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to my clients. For therapy to be effective it is important to find a therapist who is the right fit for you. As a participant in the treatment process we work together to develop treatment goals that fit your unique needs.
(562) 321-9946 View (562) 321-9946
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Catherine Brock
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LMHC, LPCC
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with extensive experience in providing treatment for children, teens, and young adults who exhibit social, emotional, and behavioral concerns consistent with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression or emotion dysregulation.
I am a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with extensive experience in providing treatment for children, teens, and young adults who exhibit social, emotional, and behavioral concerns consistent with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression or emotion dysregulation.
(425) 891-3749 View (425) 891-3749
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Lindsey Sterling
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurodiversity. I have extensive experience performing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for youth and adults with suspected ASD and treating conditions associated with ASD, such as anxiety and depression. I also work with individuals who may not be autistic, but seek support for social challenges, stress, and mood. I extend my comprehensive, expert, and compassionate care to your entire family, by offering supportive therapy for siblings and parents of autistic individuals. See www.sterlingautism.com for more information about our clinic.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and neurodiversity. I have extensive experience performing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for youth and adults with suspected ASD and treating conditions associated with ASD, such as anxiety and depression. I also work with individuals who may not be autistic, but seek support for social challenges, stress, and mood. I extend my comprehensive, expert, and compassionate care to your entire family, by offering supportive therapy for siblings and parents of autistic individuals. See www.sterlingautism.com for more information about our clinic.
(424) 304-0871 View (424) 304-0871
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Artemis Tegan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804
I specialize in the treatment of relational trauma. I also offer coaching & education in neurodiverse (Autism/ADHD) relationships. I provide you the proven evidence-based tools you need to relinquish addictions, calm your nervous system, mitigate anxiety & depression, and enjoy healthy relational engagement. For 28 years it has been my honor to help clients recover from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, sexual dysfunction, chemical dependency & neurodiverse relational challenges. I work with individuals, couples & families.
I specialize in the treatment of relational trauma. I also offer coaching & education in neurodiverse (Autism/ADHD) relationships. I provide you the proven evidence-based tools you need to relinquish addictions, calm your nervous system, mitigate anxiety & depression, and enjoy healthy relational engagement. For 28 years it has been my honor to help clients recover from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, sexual dysfunction, chemical dependency & neurodiverse relational challenges. I work with individuals, couples & families.
(424) 738-3562 View (424) 738-3562
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Michele Ocen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90814
Do you have questions about your child's behavior and/ or development? Do you need strategies for better behavior? We can help! We help parents by providing developmental and diagnostic assessments for children, usually when there are questions about language, learning, play, social skills, and/ or development. We have specific expertise in the early detection and treatment of autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Assessment results are often used to help guide parents to appropriate treatments and available resources.
Do you have questions about your child's behavior and/ or development? Do you need strategies for better behavior? We can help! We help parents by providing developmental and diagnostic assessments for children, usually when there are questions about language, learning, play, social skills, and/ or development. We have specific expertise in the early detection and treatment of autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Assessment results are often used to help guide parents to appropriate treatments and available resources.
(562) 418-5151 View (562) 418-5151
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Dr. Sammie Williams, PsyD
Psychologist, PsyD, CAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90807
As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I currently provide comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents (including infants, toddlers, and adults). I specialize in the assessment of various developmental challenges commonly seen in young children and adolescents, specifically developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and other “mannerisms” likely associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also provide evaluations of intellectual and learning disabilities, Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE), second opinions, and assessments that provide recommendations and guide treatment planning.
As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I currently provide comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents (including infants, toddlers, and adults). I specialize in the assessment of various developmental challenges commonly seen in young children and adolescents, specifically developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and other “mannerisms” likely associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also provide evaluations of intellectual and learning disabilities, Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE), second opinions, and assessments that provide recommendations and guide treatment planning.
(562) 275-8442 View (562) 275-8442
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BrightView Behavioral Health Services
MA , BCBA
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90801
BrightView is a provider of ABA services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related developmental delays.
BrightView is a clinician & family owned provider dedicated to the ethical and effective practice of Applied Behavioral Analysis for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities. BrightView believes in establishing a personal connection to each family, and is committed to the advancement of each and every client. At BrightView, families will experience the delivery of individualized, high quality care, & a commitment to excellence. We are passionate about the work we do, and do so with expertise, integrity, and consistency.
BrightView is a provider of ABA services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related developmental delays.
BrightView is a clinician & family owned provider dedicated to the ethical and effective practice of Applied Behavioral Analysis for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities. BrightView believes in establishing a personal connection to each family, and is committed to the advancement of each and every client. At BrightView, families will experience the delivery of individualized, high quality care, & a commitment to excellence. We are passionate about the work we do, and do so with expertise, integrity, and consistency.
(626) 314-5871 View (626) 314-5871
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Domonick K Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MEd
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90808  (Online Only)
My experience includes working with anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism, relationship conflict, effective communication strategies, marriage counseling, mood disorders, anger management, coping strategies, for the children, adolescent and adult populations.
We all experience challenges in life. When those challenges seem insurmountable it’s beneficial to seek professional assistance. My passion & purpose is to help others set and attain their individual positive life goals. I've utilized a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist clients in finding healthier perceptions of themselves and strengthening positive relationships.
My experience includes working with anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism, relationship conflict, effective communication strategies, marriage counseling, mood disorders, anger management, coping strategies, for the children, adolescent and adult populations.
We all experience challenges in life. When those challenges seem insurmountable it’s beneficial to seek professional assistance. My passion & purpose is to help others set and attain their individual positive life goals. I've utilized a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist clients in finding healthier perceptions of themselves and strengthening positive relationships.
(310) 362-9160 View (310) 362-9160
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Stephanie Caballero
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803
As a DIR Floortime Specialist, I understand the impact of having a family member on the Autism Spectrum.
It is not uncommon to feel lost at different points in life. Life can be complicated: Family dynamics, career fulfillment, managing multiple responsibilities, understanding your partner, overwhelmed from transitions, making sense of the past. I believe that together we can process your experiences which can lead to a meaningful life and personal growth. It's a huge step attending therapy and I welcome you into this space with sensitivity and compassion. I am a Latinx therapist dedicated to working with adults. I am licensed in Oregon (T1596) and California (111592). I am currently seeing clients for individual therapy.
As a DIR Floortime Specialist, I understand the impact of having a family member on the Autism Spectrum.
It is not uncommon to feel lost at different points in life. Life can be complicated: Family dynamics, career fulfillment, managing multiple responsibilities, understanding your partner, overwhelmed from transitions, making sense of the past. I believe that together we can process your experiences which can lead to a meaningful life and personal growth. It's a huge step attending therapy and I welcome you into this space with sensitivity and compassion. I am a Latinx therapist dedicated to working with adults. I am licensed in Oregon (T1596) and California (111592). I am currently seeing clients for individual therapy.
(971) 233-2471 View (971) 233-2471
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Talk Therapy Mental Health Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, BA
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90807
I have experience in treating school-aged children who suffer from autism, ADHD and depression.
My approach is client-centered. I help clients who suffer from depression, anxiety and other issues. I have specialty training and numerous certificates in various modalities. I believe people who suffer from depression are dealing with grief and focus treatment accordingly.
I have experience in treating school-aged children who suffer from autism, ADHD and depression.
My approach is client-centered. I help clients who suffer from depression, anxiety and other issues. I have specialty training and numerous certificates in various modalities. I believe people who suffer from depression are dealing with grief and focus treatment accordingly.
(562) 210-0385 View (562) 210-0385
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Alexandria Dilley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90814
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with women who struggle with neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD), anxiety, depression, and complex trauma.
Crossing the bridge from teenager to young adult can be extraordinarily overwhelming. You have your parents to manage, college work to keep up with, social standards to maintain, friendships to make, and self-care is not really part of the picture. On top of that, nobody really talks about just how stressful “finding yourself” would be. With a therapist, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Therapy can inspire you to redefine just exactly how you want to grow up, and you who want to grow up to be. In my practice, I've supported countless young women move through their pain and find healing along the way.
I specialize in working with women who struggle with neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD), anxiety, depression, and complex trauma.
Crossing the bridge from teenager to young adult can be extraordinarily overwhelming. You have your parents to manage, college work to keep up with, social standards to maintain, friendships to make, and self-care is not really part of the picture. On top of that, nobody really talks about just how stressful “finding yourself” would be. With a therapist, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Therapy can inspire you to redefine just exactly how you want to grow up, and you who want to grow up to be. In my practice, I've supported countless young women move through their pain and find healing along the way.
(562) 379-4344 View (562) 379-4344
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Dr. Alexia Kutzner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90804
I specialize in relationship issues, depression, family conflict and life transitions and also see adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
You have taken the first and most important step. Sometimes our lives change drastically or we forget the meaning of it, leaving us lonely, scared and helpless. Have you experienced difficulty in your relationship? Are you becoming increasingly overwhelmed? Are you feeling imbalanced? I'm here to help you re-define and explore who you are and want to be. We create meaning and make sense of why and how certain patterns have and are occurring in your life and how to change them. I provide a positive and encouraging environment and believe that you have the power to change and grow.
I specialize in relationship issues, depression, family conflict and life transitions and also see adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
You have taken the first and most important step. Sometimes our lives change drastically or we forget the meaning of it, leaving us lonely, scared and helpless. Have you experienced difficulty in your relationship? Are you becoming increasingly overwhelmed? Are you feeling imbalanced? I'm here to help you re-define and explore who you are and want to be. We create meaning and make sense of why and how certain patterns have and are occurring in your life and how to change them. I provide a positive and encouraging environment and believe that you have the power to change and grow.
(562) 285-6429 View (562) 285-6429
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(949) 649-8350 View (949) 649-8350
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Nicole Ngo Educational Psychologist
LEP, #4144
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803
Potential clients are encouraged to reach out should they have questions about assessments for suspected disabilities such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Delay, and Emotional Disabilities (i.
Nicole Ngo works directly with clients who are 2 years old to 21 years old with suspected or identified disabilities impacting educational or vocational functioning. Ms. Ngo helps paint a comprehensive and accurate picture of a young person's cognitive processing abilities, academic achievement levels, and social emotional functioning through culturally and linguistically responsive assessments. She collaborates with families and school teams in the development of effective Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and advocates for the best interest of a person with disabilities.
Potential clients are encouraged to reach out should they have questions about assessments for suspected disabilities such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Delay, and Emotional Disabilities (i.
Nicole Ngo works directly with clients who are 2 years old to 21 years old with suspected or identified disabilities impacting educational or vocational functioning. Ms. Ngo helps paint a comprehensive and accurate picture of a young person's cognitive processing abilities, academic achievement levels, and social emotional functioning through culturally and linguistically responsive assessments. She collaborates with families and school teams in the development of effective Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and advocates for the best interest of a person with disabilities.
(562) 837-0322 View (562) 837-0322
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(949) 461-1089 View (949) 461-1089
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Michael Hass
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LEP, LPCC, MFT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803
I have extensive experience with special education and with issues such as ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, and emotional disturbance.
My goal is to help children, adolescents, and families function more successfully in school and life. My approach is collaborative and strength-focused. I have over 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist and psychotherapist and hold licenses in California as an Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Clinical Counselor. I am also a Certified Trauma Clinical Professional.
I have extensive experience with special education and with issues such as ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, and emotional disturbance.
My goal is to help children, adolescents, and families function more successfully in school and life. My approach is collaborative and strength-focused. I have over 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist and psychotherapist and hold licenses in California as an Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Clinical Counselor. I am also a Certified Trauma Clinical Professional.
(562) 280-2344 View (562) 280-2344
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Morgan Sheldon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90813
My clients are often those who want to understand their ADHD or autism better, who have been dehumanized by treatment professionals in the past, who are frustrated by vague therapy answers, who fear they are "too much" or "too different". Overall, those who want to find the beauty in the darkness rather than denying the darkness, and who want to sit crooked and talk straight. I have particular passion for serving those with complex body relationships due to trauma, gender dysphoria, body image disturbance, disability, and systemic oppression.
My clients are often those who want to understand their ADHD or autism better, who have been dehumanized by treatment professionals in the past, who are frustrated by vague therapy answers, who fear they are "too much" or "too different". Overall, those who want to find the beauty in the darkness rather than denying the darkness, and who want to sit crooked and talk straight. I have particular passion for serving those with complex body relationships due to trauma, gender dysphoria, body image disturbance, disability, and systemic oppression.
(562) 662-4872 View (562) 662-4872
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Imari Kowalski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90815
I have experience working with individuals and families faced with the challenges of depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction (drug and alcohol), family conflict, domestic violence, peri/postpartum, women's mental health, and neurodevelopment disorders (specific to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disorder).
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have served in the private and non-profit environments. I am someone who believes that every family and individual has a unique set of characteristics and strengths, in which, therapy is used as a guide to assist others in utilizing those attributes to overcome barriers within their lives. In my work, I allow space for the client to discuss their challenges with no judgment in what they are sharing and feeling. I work from modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Couples Therapy-Gottman Method, Integrative, and Strengths-Based Perspective.
I have experience working with individuals and families faced with the challenges of depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction (drug and alcohol), family conflict, domestic violence, peri/postpartum, women's mental health, and neurodevelopment disorders (specific to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disorder).
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have served in the private and non-profit environments. I am someone who believes that every family and individual has a unique set of characteristics and strengths, in which, therapy is used as a guide to assist others in utilizing those attributes to overcome barriers within their lives. In my work, I allow space for the client to discuss their challenges with no judgment in what they are sharing and feeling. I work from modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Couples Therapy-Gottman Method, Integrative, and Strengths-Based Perspective.
(209) 440-0671 View (209) 440-0671
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Payge Casady-Christensen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90815
I have many years of experience working with all age groups, people with disabilities, neurodivergent minds, people with autism, LGBTQ+, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, grief and loss, aging, dissociation, and loneliness. I highly value supporting people in creating an understanding of the barriers they face both internally and externally that keep them from moving toward the life they want to live and, together, creating a plan to slowly work toward better days.
I have many years of experience working with all age groups, people with disabilities, neurodivergent minds, people with autism, LGBTQ+, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, grief and loss, aging, dissociation, and loneliness. I highly value supporting people in creating an understanding of the barriers they face both internally and externally that keep them from moving toward the life they want to live and, together, creating a plan to slowly work toward better days.
(818) 639-4911 View (818) 639-4911
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Erika Carter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90807  (Online Only)
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or just feel alone carrying the weight of your trauma, I am here to help you begin your journey towards healing. I provide treatment for children and their families that experience depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, trauma, low self-esteem, grief, autism spectrum, parenting skills, and other mental health issues. I approach each of my clients with a kind, compassionate, and caring approach to form a genuine therapeutic bond where you will feel comfortable, be understood, and have hope knowing you do not have to carry the burden alone.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or just feel alone carrying the weight of your trauma, I am here to help you begin your journey towards healing. I provide treatment for children and their families that experience depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, trauma, low self-esteem, grief, autism spectrum, parenting skills, and other mental health issues. I approach each of my clients with a kind, compassionate, and caring approach to form a genuine therapeutic bond where you will feel comfortable, be understood, and have hope knowing you do not have to carry the burden alone.
(424) 381-0277 View (424) 381-0277

Autism Therapists

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.