Autism Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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City of Trees Assessment and Therapy
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
City of Trees offers psychological assessment for children and teens. We offer comprehensive assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability. We also offer developmental assessments for children ages 2-5.
City of Trees offers psychological assessment for children and teens. We offer comprehensive assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability. We also offer developmental assessments for children ages 2-5.
(916) 619-3948 View (916) 619-3948
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Eryn Reeder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I provide services to individuals that are a part of the Autism Spectrum.
You are a thoughtful, creative, and driven individual. Your friends, loved ones, and colleagues heavily depend on you, often leaving you feeling depleted. Your engery is often so focused on caring for others, that you forget to make space for your own wants and needs. Stressors associated with being a member of a marginalized community impact your day to day life. You desire to gain a better understanding of your identity or sexuality but need the space to do so. You constantly feel overwhelmed and on edge, due to feelings of anxiety, depression, life transitions or triggers related to past trauma.
I provide services to individuals that are a part of the Autism Spectrum.
You are a thoughtful, creative, and driven individual. Your friends, loved ones, and colleagues heavily depend on you, often leaving you feeling depleted. Your engery is often so focused on caring for others, that you forget to make space for your own wants and needs. Stressors associated with being a member of a marginalized community impact your day to day life. You desire to gain a better understanding of your identity or sexuality but need the space to do so. You constantly feel overwhelmed and on edge, due to feelings of anxiety, depression, life transitions or triggers related to past trauma.
(916) 796-1327 View (916) 796-1327
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Noe Dueñas
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, APCC, CMHC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Noe is a queer, Latinx, neuro diverse, disability specialist and mental health therapist that focuses his treatment on working with individuals with autism and/or developmental disabilities. Clients of Noe typically have a hard time connecting to other therapist, have behavioral outbursts at home and/or school/work, strained relationships with others, can’t find a knowledgeable therapist in autism and or developmental disabilities, problems with regulating emotions and difficulty with coping with life's everyday stresses. Noe provides support with IEP's, IPP's, getting services, individual and group therapy and social skills groups.
Noe is a queer, Latinx, neuro diverse, disability specialist and mental health therapist that focuses his treatment on working with individuals with autism and/or developmental disabilities. Clients of Noe typically have a hard time connecting to other therapist, have behavioral outbursts at home and/or school/work, strained relationships with others, can’t find a knowledgeable therapist in autism and or developmental disabilities, problems with regulating emotions and difficulty with coping with life's everyday stresses. Noe provides support with IEP's, IPP's, getting services, individual and group therapy and social skills groups.
(916) 461-1877 View (916) 461-1877
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Inclusively Minded
MA, LEP3165
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95834
I specialize in providing evidence based interventions for children with anxiety, ADHD, and autism or any combination of those issues.
I have spent the last 15 years working as a school psychologist, adjunct professor, and contractor. I have served students from preschool to high school aged and worked in the full range of settings from public schools, charter schools, to non-public schools. I am a proud graduate of the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. In 2010, I obtained my License as an Educational Psychologist (LEP # 3165).
I specialize in providing evidence based interventions for children with anxiety, ADHD, and autism or any combination of those issues.
I have spent the last 15 years working as a school psychologist, adjunct professor, and contractor. I have served students from preschool to high school aged and worked in the full range of settings from public schools, charter schools, to non-public schools. I am a proud graduate of the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. In 2010, I obtained my License as an Educational Psychologist (LEP # 3165).
(530) 322-5666 View (530) 322-5666
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Manvel Ter-Pogosyan
MEd, BCBA
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Since 2012, Manvel Ter-Pogosyan, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, made a life goal to increase the quality of life of individuals and families affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. Manvel was awarded his Master of Education degree in Autism Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University.
Since 2012, Manvel Ter-Pogosyan, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, made a life goal to increase the quality of life of individuals and families affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. Manvel was awarded his Master of Education degree in Autism Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University.
(747) 223-8589 View (747) 223-8589
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Haleigh Scott
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Waitlist for new clients
Scott specializes in therapy/counseling for children and adults with autism or developmental disabilities and mental health concerns or trauma.
Dr. Haleigh Scott is the owner of Ascend Diagnostic & Support Services, a multi-specialty group practice that provides services and supports for people with autism and/or developmental disabilities. We provide support across the lifespan, this includes early intervention (ABA therapy) for young children, IEP support for families, individual and group therapy, and social skills groups for a variety of ages. We operate from a strengths-based approach that seeks to improve individual and family quality of life.
Scott specializes in therapy/counseling for children and adults with autism or developmental disabilities and mental health concerns or trauma.
Dr. Haleigh Scott is the owner of Ascend Diagnostic & Support Services, a multi-specialty group practice that provides services and supports for people with autism and/or developmental disabilities. We provide support across the lifespan, this includes early intervention (ABA therapy) for young children, IEP support for families, individual and group therapy, and social skills groups for a variety of ages. We operate from a strengths-based approach that seeks to improve individual and family quality of life.
(916) 824-3522 View (916) 824-3522
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Melissa K Steele-Parks
M Ed, BCBA
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
Early intervention is key when it comes to future outcomes for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
I am a BCBA specializing in pediatric behavior therapy services. I have a BA in Linguistics with a focus on atypical language development and a M Ed. in Educational Psychology for Multiple Severe Disabilities with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I started my practice in 2015 in Atlanta, GA. I work with children and adolescents who have Autism and other developmental difference. My passion is helping children develop communication and language skills, functional/adaptive daily living skills and social skills and supporting parents and families of children with developmental disorders.
Early intervention is key when it comes to future outcomes for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
I am a BCBA specializing in pediatric behavior therapy services. I have a BA in Linguistics with a focus on atypical language development and a M Ed. in Educational Psychology for Multiple Severe Disabilities with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I started my practice in 2015 in Atlanta, GA. I work with children and adolescents who have Autism and other developmental difference. My passion is helping children develop communication and language skills, functional/adaptive daily living skills and social skills and supporting parents and families of children with developmental disorders.
(916) 306-9011 View (916) 306-9011
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Reward Learning, LLC.
Licensed Educational Psychologist, MA, LEP, ABSNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95841
Are you seeking answers about learning-related needs. A thorough evaluation is needed to accurately figure that out and to diagnose or "rule out" a Specific Learning Disorder (like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia), ADHD, Autism, or an Intellectual Disability. It will result in recommendations based on a client's unique learning profile. Some may seek testing for other reasons. For example, a college student who has a disability may be entitled to accommodations in school, and for exams. A comprehensive assessment is adapted to meet each person's needs. As a highly skilled Licensed Educational Psychologist, Reed can help.
Are you seeking answers about learning-related needs. A thorough evaluation is needed to accurately figure that out and to diagnose or "rule out" a Specific Learning Disorder (like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia), ADHD, Autism, or an Intellectual Disability. It will result in recommendations based on a client's unique learning profile. Some may seek testing for other reasons. For example, a college student who has a disability may be entitled to accommodations in school, and for exams. A comprehensive assessment is adapted to meet each person's needs. As a highly skilled Licensed Educational Psychologist, Reed can help.
(916) 436-5330 View (916) 436-5330
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Rashella Avalos-Senteno
Psychologist, MA, LEP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94211
We at Applied Life Dynamics offer adult and child psychotherapy, psycho-educational/ psychological assessments, career assessment, social skill development for children to young adult with Autism or have other social skills or emotional deficits.
My desire is to work with you in developing the skills and tools necessary to navigate through the struggles you may face on the job, parenting children with or without disabilities, relationships, daily stressors, and helping children to learn the skills needed so they can thrive and develop at their highest potential. It first starts with self-growth, development, and to apply the life skills that are right for you. I am here to guide, council, coach, instruct, and provide assessment in the areas needed to assist in providing you with as much information and support needed to live a more peaceful life with better relationships.
We at Applied Life Dynamics offer adult and child psychotherapy, psycho-educational/ psychological assessments, career assessment, social skill development for children to young adult with Autism or have other social skills or emotional deficits.
My desire is to work with you in developing the skills and tools necessary to navigate through the struggles you may face on the job, parenting children with or without disabilities, relationships, daily stressors, and helping children to learn the skills needed so they can thrive and develop at their highest potential. It first starts with self-growth, development, and to apply the life skills that are right for you. I am here to guide, council, coach, instruct, and provide assessment in the areas needed to assist in providing you with as much information and support needed to live a more peaceful life with better relationships.
(559) 234-0693 View (559) 234-0693
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Tanisha Tatum
Licensed Educational Psychologist, MS, LEP, BCBA
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
My clients teens and young adults who need help identifying and managing their mental health needs whether that is Anxiety, Depression, social problems, and/or adjusting to growing up. I provide therapy as well as psychoeducational assessment services. My assessments target neurodiverse abilities such as ADHD, Autism & learning disabilities. When relevant assessments include recommendations for accommodations for school and work. For my therapy practice, I used solution focused approaches as well as behavior based strategies, combining my skills to create a positive therapeutic experience. Virtual services only in FL and SC.
My clients teens and young adults who need help identifying and managing their mental health needs whether that is Anxiety, Depression, social problems, and/or adjusting to growing up. I provide therapy as well as psychoeducational assessment services. My assessments target neurodiverse abilities such as ADHD, Autism & learning disabilities. When relevant assessments include recommendations for accommodations for school and work. For my therapy practice, I used solution focused approaches as well as behavior based strategies, combining my skills to create a positive therapeutic experience. Virtual services only in FL and SC.
(754) 354-0190 View (754) 354-0190
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Taylor Jacob Baldwin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95864  (Online Only)
I also have experience providing sensitive and trauma-informed care to people with PTSD, autism, ADHD, psychosis, etc.
Therapy can be a powerful tool in deepening relationships, moving through pain, tolerating discomfort, and understanding the unknown! My therapeutic work is rooted in guiding clients to realize their own potential. I develop an empathic, therapeutic relationship with my clients to generate self-directed change. By meeting you where you are at, and helping you see parts of yourself that may feel inaccessible, we can move toward you living life the way you want to.
I also have experience providing sensitive and trauma-informed care to people with PTSD, autism, ADHD, psychosis, etc.
Therapy can be a powerful tool in deepening relationships, moving through pain, tolerating discomfort, and understanding the unknown! My therapeutic work is rooted in guiding clients to realize their own potential. I develop an empathic, therapeutic relationship with my clients to generate self-directed change. By meeting you where you are at, and helping you see parts of yourself that may feel inaccessible, we can move toward you living life the way you want to.
(916) 251-0379 View (916) 251-0379
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Kimberly M. Miller
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-CN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
If your child struggles with peers, attention, school, or mood/ anxiety, I can provide a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to help you learn what is going on and what next steps to take. This assessment answers questions related to concerns for ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or medical conditions. The goal is to figure out how to best support your child! In some cases, your child may already have an IEP or 504, but you feel they are not getting all the support they need or you do not understand the results. In these cases, a comprehensive evaluation may help.
If your child struggles with peers, attention, school, or mood/ anxiety, I can provide a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to help you learn what is going on and what next steps to take. This assessment answers questions related to concerns for ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or medical conditions. The goal is to figure out how to best support your child! In some cases, your child may already have an IEP or 504, but you feel they are not getting all the support they need or you do not understand the results. In these cases, a comprehensive evaluation may help.
(916) 822-7306 View (916) 822-7306
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Leti Arellano
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
If you or a loved one are seeking an evaluation for Autism or ADHD, we invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Are you a navigating life's complexities, seeking understanding and validation for your experiences? Do you often feel misunderstood ? If so, you've arrived at a place where your uniqueness is not just acknowledged but celebrated. My name is Dr. Leticia Arellano (she/her), and I specialize in providing psychological evaluations for individuals like you who are exploring the possibility of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other forms of neurodivergence.
If you or a loved one are seeking an evaluation for Autism or ADHD, we invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Are you a navigating life's complexities, seeking understanding and validation for your experiences? Do you often feel misunderstood ? If so, you've arrived at a place where your uniqueness is not just acknowledged but celebrated. My name is Dr. Leticia Arellano (she/her), and I specialize in providing psychological evaluations for individuals like you who are exploring the possibility of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other forms of neurodivergence.
(530) 561-5399 View (530) 561-5399
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Dr. Marcella Kreysa
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating Complex Trauma, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, relational disruptions and interpersonal difficulties, along with issues related to LGBTQIA+, and questions of gender and identity.
Life can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Things can become especially challenging when a person feels stressed by circumstances beyond their control. Individuals who come to therapy are often very capable human beings who have experienced something in their life that has left them needing some extra support. Many times people begin therapy feeling down and lost. Through a person's work in therapy, they are often able to find some light on their path to help guide them through the pain. This shift creates an opportunity for a person to improve their day-to-day functioning and overall, they FEEL BETTER!!
I specialize in treating Complex Trauma, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, relational disruptions and interpersonal difficulties, along with issues related to LGBTQIA+, and questions of gender and identity.
Life can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Things can become especially challenging when a person feels stressed by circumstances beyond their control. Individuals who come to therapy are often very capable human beings who have experienced something in their life that has left them needing some extra support. Many times people begin therapy feeling down and lost. Through a person's work in therapy, they are often able to find some light on their path to help guide them through the pain. This shift creates an opportunity for a person to improve their day-to-day functioning and overall, they FEEL BETTER!!
(916) 764-3544 View (916) 764-3544
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
(510) 319-0360 View (510) 319-0360
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Maayan Bick | Individual + Relational Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I am passionate about helping deep feelers and thinkers (from children to adults) live a life of meaning and fulfillment by: learning strategies on how to manage emotions, cope with existential dread, navigate changing relational roles and identities, and build resiliency during times of uncertainty and stress. My empathetic nature plays a role in my therapeutic style. I collaboratively work with those who experience emotional instability due to to anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, attachment injuries, heartbreak, CPTSD, and grief.
I am passionate about helping deep feelers and thinkers (from children to adults) live a life of meaning and fulfillment by: learning strategies on how to manage emotions, cope with existential dread, navigate changing relational roles and identities, and build resiliency during times of uncertainty and stress. My empathetic nature plays a role in my therapeutic style. I collaboratively work with those who experience emotional instability due to to anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, attachment injuries, heartbreak, CPTSD, and grief.
(424) 230-8698 View (424) 230-8698
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Shirley Duarte
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828
I am a licensed therapist who is a compassionate and motivated individual with excellent listening skills, capable of quickly building rapport with clients. With over 12 years of experience, I have worked extensively with clients dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I also have extensive experience with neurodivergent clients, such as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Some clients are comfortable just being heard by their therapist, and others might seek a transformative process utilizing unique tools from specific modalities.
I am a licensed therapist who is a compassionate and motivated individual with excellent listening skills, capable of quickly building rapport with clients. With over 12 years of experience, I have worked extensively with clients dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I also have extensive experience with neurodivergent clients, such as those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Some clients are comfortable just being heard by their therapist, and others might seek a transformative process utilizing unique tools from specific modalities.
(818) 450-5830 View (818) 450-5830
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Julie Barta
Licensed Educational Psychologist, PsyD, LEP, NCSP, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Barta is certified in administration of the ADOS-2, known as the "gold-standard" Autism evaluation tool.
Dr. Barta offers evaluation and therapy services for children and adults who are neurodiverse and/or have a trauma history. Her expertise assessing with a neuropsychological lens allows gives a quick "map" to better understand yourself or your child. Her skillsets are perfect for tired parents, parents seeking an initial diagnosis/second opinion, children/adolescents in need of support, or for adults seeking relief or clarity of their own functioning. Her work was acknowledged in 2016 for School Psychologist of the Year.
Barta is certified in administration of the ADOS-2, known as the "gold-standard" Autism evaluation tool.
Dr. Barta offers evaluation and therapy services for children and adults who are neurodiverse and/or have a trauma history. Her expertise assessing with a neuropsychological lens allows gives a quick "map" to better understand yourself or your child. Her skillsets are perfect for tired parents, parents seeking an initial diagnosis/second opinion, children/adolescents in need of support, or for adults seeking relief or clarity of their own functioning. Her work was acknowledged in 2016 for School Psychologist of the Year.
(360) 504-4353 View (360) 504-4353
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
(510) 945-1478 View (510) 945-1478
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Daniel Powell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95838
I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I'm comfortable working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, bi-polar, substance abuse, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. I implement individual evidenced based interventions designed to positive behavior change. I enjoy working with couples, families, parent training, adults and adolescents.
I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I'm comfortable working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, bi-polar, substance abuse, psychosis, autism spectrum disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. I implement individual evidenced based interventions designed to positive behavior change. I enjoy working with couples, families, parent training, adults and adolescents.
(619) 305-0826 View (619) 305-0826

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.