Autism Therapists in Miami, FL

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Ana Bulnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33196  (Online Only)
I am a clinical social worker with over 21 years of experience licensed in the states of Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas, and Vermont. I help clients address autism, ADHD, and the challenges that stem from these differences (C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, relationships and communication challenges, family relationship challenges, and parenting support). I also have a lot of experience working with PTSD and C-PTSD, and helping individuals, couples and families improve their communications. I see my clients as the experts in their lives and my role as that of a guide toward insight and improvement.
I am a clinical social worker with over 21 years of experience licensed in the states of Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas, and Vermont. I help clients address autism, ADHD, and the challenges that stem from these differences (C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, relationships and communication challenges, family relationship challenges, and parenting support). I also have a lot of experience working with PTSD and C-PTSD, and helping individuals, couples and families improve their communications. I see my clients as the experts in their lives and my role as that of a guide toward insight and improvement.
(305) 783-3501 View (305) 783-3501
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Tanisha Tatum
Licensed Educational Psychologist, MS, LEP, BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (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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Grettel Martinez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33144
Is you child having trouble with school? Is he having difficulty concentrating? Do you suspect a learning disability? If you or your child are struggling with social, behavioral, emotional, or academic problems, I can help! Do not wait. Be proactive rather than reactive to a problem that can be fixed if caught early on. Evaluations inform treatment and help other professionals make better decisions for your benefit. Knowledge is power! I offer comprehensive assessments of psychological disorders. Specialty: learning disorders, autism and ADHD. INSURANCE ACCEPTED FOR PART OF THE EVALUATION
Is you child having trouble with school? Is he having difficulty concentrating? Do you suspect a learning disability? If you or your child are struggling with social, behavioral, emotional, or academic problems, I can help! Do not wait. Be proactive rather than reactive to a problem that can be fixed if caught early on. Evaluations inform treatment and help other professionals make better decisions for your benefit. Knowledge is power! I offer comprehensive assessments of psychological disorders. Specialty: learning disorders, autism and ADHD. INSURANCE ACCEPTED FOR PART OF THE EVALUATION
(305) 760-9861 View (305) 760-9861
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Jackie Jas
MS, BCBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33176
I work with children and adolescents with a wide array of developmental disabilities and disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other neurological conditions.
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who began my career volunteering in the Child Life department at Miami Children's Hospital, in 2007. It was there that I first developed a passion for helping children. I later discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and loved that I could make a difference in the lives of others through the application of science. I provide ABA therapy where the behaviors are most likely to occur: in the home, at school, and in the community.
I work with children and adolescents with a wide array of developmental disabilities and disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other neurological conditions.
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who began my career volunteering in the Child Life department at Miami Children's Hospital, in 2007. It was there that I first developed a passion for helping children. I later discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and loved that I could make a difference in the lives of others through the application of science. I provide ABA therapy where the behaviors are most likely to occur: in the home, at school, and in the community.
(786) 627-5149 View (786) 627-5149
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Dania Daniel
BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33145
At our center, we specialize in providing tailored support for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our expertise lies in delivering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, either in the comfort of your home or within a school setting. We focus on a range of areas, including language development, social skills enhancement, and the reduction of challenging behaviors, catering to children between the ages of 2 and 18.
At our center, we specialize in providing tailored support for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our expertise lies in delivering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, either in the comfort of your home or within a school setting. We focus on a range of areas, including language development, social skills enhancement, and the reduction of challenging behaviors, catering to children between the ages of 2 and 18.
(786) 772-7825 View (786) 772-7825
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Ariadna Montero
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33144
My current focus is on the assessment of childhood disorders, mainly ADHD and autism.
Is your child facing challenges in school? Are they having trouble concentrating? Suspecting a learning disability? If you or your child is struggling with social, behavioral, emotional, or academic issues, I'm here to assist! Take a proactive approach rather than reacting to a problem that can be addressed if identified early. Evaluations provide valuable insights for treatment, enabling other professionals to make informed decisions for your well-being. Knowledge is empowering! I provide thorough assessments of psychological disorders with a focus on learning disorders, intellectual disability, autism, and ADHD.
My current focus is on the assessment of childhood disorders, mainly ADHD and autism.
Is your child facing challenges in school? Are they having trouble concentrating? Suspecting a learning disability? If you or your child is struggling with social, behavioral, emotional, or academic issues, I'm here to assist! Take a proactive approach rather than reacting to a problem that can be addressed if identified early. Evaluations provide valuable insights for treatment, enabling other professionals to make informed decisions for your well-being. Knowledge is empowering! I provide thorough assessments of psychological disorders with a focus on learning disorders, intellectual disability, autism, and ADHD.
(786) 730-7299 View (786) 730-7299
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Ashley Tirado-Martinez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33156
My interests include: Child and adolescent psychology, parent-child dynamics, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Are you struggling to connect with your child? Do they seem to be withdrawing, are not like themselves, or exhibiting challenging behaviors? Are they undergoing major life changes, having difficulties with academics, or struggling socializing with peers? I am here to guide you through any obstacles you may face. The demands of parenting are ever prevalent in today's society and can prove to be quite a challenge! My goal is to help you understand your child and better cope with the inevitable changes they'll have throughout their development.
My interests include: Child and adolescent psychology, parent-child dynamics, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Are you struggling to connect with your child? Do they seem to be withdrawing, are not like themselves, or exhibiting challenging behaviors? Are they undergoing major life changes, having difficulties with academics, or struggling socializing with peers? I am here to guide you through any obstacles you may face. The demands of parenting are ever prevalent in today's society and can prove to be quite a challenge! My goal is to help you understand your child and better cope with the inevitable changes they'll have throughout their development.
(786) 574-6820 View (786) 574-6820
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Jorge Garcia
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33145
Meet Dr. Jorge Garcia, an esteemed therapist with an impressive career spanning over 39 years, exclusively dedicated to the well-being of children and adolescents. We provide CDE Evaluations for Autism and ADHD diagnosis. We also provide Psychological Testing for ADHD, ADD and personality disorders. We also offer ABA services for children who are diagnose with Autism & ADHD.
Meet Dr. Jorge Garcia, an esteemed therapist with an impressive career spanning over 39 years, exclusively dedicated to the well-being of children and adolescents. We provide CDE Evaluations for Autism and ADHD diagnosis. We also provide Psychological Testing for ADHD, ADD and personality disorders. We also offer ABA services for children who are diagnose with Autism & ADHD.
(786) 404-9293 View (786) 404-9293
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Patricia Lomando
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33173  (Online Only)
Autism is another focus Patricia has personal and professional ties to.
Patricia Lomando, LCSW, RPT-S, provides neurodivergent affirming services for the child, adolescent, and adult. Depression and anxiety are passions focused on throughout her career. Using sandtray, expressive arts, Internal Family Systems and Play Therapy, she explores mood and prevention patterns, collaborates on coping strategies and helps identify those sometimes elusive gifts that are part of every neurotype. With expansive certifications in Registered Play Therapy and Infant Mental Health, she works through methodologies that bridge family gaps and help “translate” the child’s language through play, art and sand tray work.
Autism is another focus Patricia has personal and professional ties to.
Patricia Lomando, LCSW, RPT-S, provides neurodivergent affirming services for the child, adolescent, and adult. Depression and anxiety are passions focused on throughout her career. Using sandtray, expressive arts, Internal Family Systems and Play Therapy, she explores mood and prevention patterns, collaborates on coping strategies and helps identify those sometimes elusive gifts that are part of every neurotype. With expansive certifications in Registered Play Therapy and Infant Mental Health, she works through methodologies that bridge family gaps and help “translate” the child’s language through play, art and sand tray work.
(305) 570-3547 View (305) 570-3547
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Daniela Schmeichler
MS, BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33179
I provide ABA Early Intervention and Behavioral Therapy to children ages 12 months to 12 years old. My mission is to help children build their own strength. I work with children with problem behaviors, emotional challenges, academic struggles, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, defiant behavior, and autism, among others. To provide comprehensive support, I use a combination of tools in my practice including behavioral ABA therapy, art, playtime, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My behavioral training does not substitute my psychology background but complements each other.
I provide ABA Early Intervention and Behavioral Therapy to children ages 12 months to 12 years old. My mission is to help children build their own strength. I work with children with problem behaviors, emotional challenges, academic struggles, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, defiant behavior, and autism, among others. To provide comprehensive support, I use a combination of tools in my practice including behavioral ABA therapy, art, playtime, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My behavioral training does not substitute my psychology background but complements each other.
(954) 231-4249 View (954) 231-4249
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Dani Rodwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33154  (Online Only)
Currently accepting clients for autism & ADHD assessments! Hi, I'm Dani, and fostering a SAFE, specialized, affirming space for neurodivergent adults is my life's work. I work with adult autistics and ADHDers who exist in varying stages of their identity exploration process, careers, relationships, etc. I'm here for people who have always felt different & are looking to understand/accommodate how their brain works through therapy, coaching, & diagnostic assessment. I'm an AuDHD therapist currently providing telehealth in NJ, VT, SC, & FL. BIPOC-affirming. I additionally enjoy supporting LGBTQIA+ and gender-diverse individuals.
Currently accepting clients for autism & ADHD assessments! Hi, I'm Dani, and fostering a SAFE, specialized, affirming space for neurodivergent adults is my life's work. I work with adult autistics and ADHDers who exist in varying stages of their identity exploration process, careers, relationships, etc. I'm here for people who have always felt different & are looking to understand/accommodate how their brain works through therapy, coaching, & diagnostic assessment. I'm an AuDHD therapist currently providing telehealth in NJ, VT, SC, & FL. BIPOC-affirming. I additionally enjoy supporting LGBTQIA+ and gender-diverse individuals.
(201) 690-2047 View (201) 690-2047
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Aly Rogers
MS, BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Aly is the therapist who proves that therapy can be fun, quirky, and still super effective. As a clinician specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), she has a unique approach to mental health that combines humor and compassion to help individuals overcome symptoms related to Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and Autism. Aly knows that mental health can be serious, but she also believes that it doesn't have to be stuffy and boring to work through challenges. Her approach to therapy helps patients find their own strengths & values, then acts as a guide for aligning their lives with those things that matter to them most.
Aly is the therapist who proves that therapy can be fun, quirky, and still super effective. As a clinician specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), she has a unique approach to mental health that combines humor and compassion to help individuals overcome symptoms related to Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and Autism. Aly knows that mental health can be serious, but she also believes that it doesn't have to be stuffy and boring to work through challenges. Her approach to therapy helps patients find their own strengths & values, then acts as a guide for aligning their lives with those things that matter to them most.
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Frank Perez-Verdecia
Psychologist, PsyD, LMHC, BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33155
I am a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with expertise in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, and applied behavior analysis. My combined experience has contributed positively to my diagnostic and treatment skills; particularly in the areas of autism, dementia, health-related psychological conditions, depression, anxiety, employment/academic problems, grief, parenting issues, attention/memory problems, adolescent-parent conflicts, divorce, etc. I treat people of all ages.
I am a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with expertise in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, and applied behavior analysis. My combined experience has contributed positively to my diagnostic and treatment skills; particularly in the areas of autism, dementia, health-related psychological conditions, depression, anxiety, employment/academic problems, grief, parenting issues, attention/memory problems, adolescent-parent conflicts, divorce, etc. I treat people of all ages.
(305) 917-5414 View (305) 917-5414
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Belkys Elkin & Associates
Psychologist, PsyD, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33134
She performed research at University of Miami Brain Bank in studies to find cures for Autism, movement disorders, and TBI.
Belkys Elkin, PsyD, ABPP, is a Licensed Neuropsychologist. She specializes in neuropsychological testing and therapy and has an additional licensure in mental health counseling. Dr. Elkin completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans and completed a doctorate in neuropsychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami. She speaks several languages and is trained in a variety of specialized areas.
She performed research at University of Miami Brain Bank in studies to find cures for Autism, movement disorders, and TBI.
Belkys Elkin, PsyD, ABPP, is a Licensed Neuropsychologist. She specializes in neuropsychological testing and therapy and has an additional licensure in mental health counseling. Dr. Elkin completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans and completed a doctorate in neuropsychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami. She speaks several languages and is trained in a variety of specialized areas.
(305) 928-1466 View (305) 928-1466
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Dr. Monica D Gilbert
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D, LMHC, LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33182
More than just a specialty, my true passion lies in working closely with individuals who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, those facing transitional challenges, as well as those dealing with Autism, ADHD, and related disorders.
I'm Dr. Monica Gilbert, and I want you to know that it's okay to struggle with your mental health. I'm not just a licensed psychologist; I'm also a doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed mental health counselor. I truly believe that the challenges you face are real, but they are also common, and most importantly, they are treatable. I'm not just a professional; I'm also the founder of Crystal Minds New Beginning, Inc. and I understand for his hand, the struggles that entrepreneurs may go through which is why I also specialize in working with this population.
More than just a specialty, my true passion lies in working closely with individuals who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, those facing transitional challenges, as well as those dealing with Autism, ADHD, and related disorders.
I'm Dr. Monica Gilbert, and I want you to know that it's okay to struggle with your mental health. I'm not just a licensed psychologist; I'm also a doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed mental health counselor. I truly believe that the challenges you face are real, but they are also common, and most importantly, they are treatable. I'm not just a professional; I'm also the founder of Crystal Minds New Beginning, Inc. and I understand for his hand, the struggles that entrepreneurs may go through which is why I also specialize in working with this population.
(786) 619-3968 View (786) 619-3968
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Natalia Foti
MS, PhD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33179
I am the mother of a child on the autism spectrum and I have been trained and informed in great depth in the area, therefore I work with people on the spectrum.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, I studied at the Central University of Venezuela, my postgraduate studies at the Centro de Salud Mental del Este el Peñon and psychoanalytic training at the Venezuelan Association of Psychoanalysis (ASOVEP). I am an active member of the IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) and the APA (American Psychoanalytical Association). My clinical practice dates back to my second year of graduate school. I work with children, adolescents and adults.
I am the mother of a child on the autism spectrum and I have been trained and informed in great depth in the area, therefore I work with people on the spectrum.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, I studied at the Central University of Venezuela, my postgraduate studies at the Centro de Salud Mental del Este el Peñon and psychoanalytic training at the Venezuelan Association of Psychoanalysis (ASOVEP). I am an active member of the IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) and the APA (American Psychoanalytical Association). My clinical practice dates back to my second year of graduate school. I work with children, adolescents and adults.
(754) 225-7290 View (754) 225-7290
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River Marino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33146  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I provide an autism-affirming perspective in therapy and believe autism is a genetically-based neurotype, not a medical disorder.
Healing happens when we feel safe enough to show up exactly as we are. All parts of you are welcome here. I’m not here to change you or fix you. I don’t think you are “broken” or that there's anything "wrong" with you. Together we'll create an accepting + compassionate environment, with respect for your intuition + body's wisdom underlying all that we do. I’m trauma + social justice-informed and view therapy through an intersectional lens (mind, body, environment, culture). During our time together, we’ll likely look at environmental factors (interpersonal, economic, oppression) that create individual/collective stress and trauma.
I provide an autism-affirming perspective in therapy and believe autism is a genetically-based neurotype, not a medical disorder.
Healing happens when we feel safe enough to show up exactly as we are. All parts of you are welcome here. I’m not here to change you or fix you. I don’t think you are “broken” or that there's anything "wrong" with you. Together we'll create an accepting + compassionate environment, with respect for your intuition + body's wisdom underlying all that we do. I’m trauma + social justice-informed and view therapy through an intersectional lens (mind, body, environment, culture). During our time together, we’ll likely look at environmental factors (interpersonal, economic, oppression) that create individual/collective stress and trauma.
(352) 415-9266 View (352) 415-9266
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Shana Germain
MS, BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33119
Shana St. Germain is a structured and goal driven ABA profession, she obtained a Master Degree in Early Childhood Special Ed. from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University, with an emphasis in behavior analysis. She worked with children with developmental delay, but her focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shana has been in the ABA field for 10 years receiving direct training as an RBT in 2013.
Shana St. Germain is a structured and goal driven ABA profession, she obtained a Master Degree in Early Childhood Special Ed. from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University, with an emphasis in behavior analysis. She worked with children with developmental delay, but her focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shana has been in the ABA field for 10 years receiving direct training as an RBT in 2013.
(786) 460-2967 View (786) 460-2967
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Fairclough Behavior Services
BCBA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131
Greetings! I am Jaun Paul Fairclough, Director of Fairclough Behavior Services where we are specially trained to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. We provide in-home or school-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. We specialize in language, social skills, as well as the reduction of challenging behaviors for children ages 2-18.
Greetings! I am Jaun Paul Fairclough, Director of Fairclough Behavior Services where we are specially trained to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. We provide in-home or school-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. We specialize in language, social skills, as well as the reduction of challenging behaviors for children ages 2-18.
(561) 782-9085 View (561) 782-9085
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Yount Psychological Services, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33101
We provide testing services to adults and children in the following areas: Autism, ADHD, Intellectual, learning disability, testing accommodations, personality, depression, etc.
At YPS we hope to partner with you and your family. YPS has been a leading provider of services in central Florida since opening in 2013. As a clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Yount has conducted hundreds of evaluations, worked with various ages across many settings: outpatient, inpatient, professional athletes, college students, etc. We now have a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on staff who provides ABA therapy for children ages 2 to 8 years old for early intervention. We are not presently accepting clients for mental health counseling.
We provide testing services to adults and children in the following areas: Autism, ADHD, Intellectual, learning disability, testing accommodations, personality, depression, etc.
At YPS we hope to partner with you and your family. YPS has been a leading provider of services in central Florida since opening in 2013. As a clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Yount has conducted hundreds of evaluations, worked with various ages across many settings: outpatient, inpatient, professional athletes, college students, etc. We now have a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on staff who provides ABA therapy for children ages 2 to 8 years old for early intervention. We are not presently accepting clients for mental health counseling.
(407) 378-1954 View (407) 378-1954
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.