Autism Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Chad W Kraska
Psychologist, PsyD, HSP-P
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
My specialty is psychological assessment/evaluations for children and adults. Areas of focus include AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's), Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar), Schizophrenia, Learning Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders (e.g. Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorder) and Personality Disorders (e.g. Borderline). I provide IQ testing for school readiness (CAIS testing) and educational evaluations identifying specific learning disorders (e.g. SLD's in reading, writing and math). Additionally, I provide therapeutic services for the above mentioned challenges.
My specialty is psychological assessment/evaluations for children and adults. Areas of focus include AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's), Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar), Schizophrenia, Learning Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders (e.g. Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorder) and Personality Disorders (e.g. Borderline). I provide IQ testing for school readiness (CAIS testing) and educational evaluations identifying specific learning disorders (e.g. SLD's in reading, writing and math). Additionally, I provide therapeutic services for the above mentioned challenges.
(980) 224-4478 x103 View (980) 224-4478 x103
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Josh Jensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Waitlist for new clients
Josh is thoughtful in his approach to serving individuals and families through various struggles and transitions. He strives to create a warm, collaborative and non-judgmental environment where therapy can work towards clear solutions, deeper truths and a fuller acceptance of strengths and struggles. He has been in private practice since 2009 and has expertise in working with anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD grief, OCD, dream interpretation and the integration of spiritual concerns with the work of therapy. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Josh is excited about working with all aspects of the family system and throughout major
Josh is thoughtful in his approach to serving individuals and families through various struggles and transitions. He strives to create a warm, collaborative and non-judgmental environment where therapy can work towards clear solutions, deeper truths and a fuller acceptance of strengths and struggles. He has been in private practice since 2009 and has expertise in working with anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD grief, OCD, dream interpretation and the integration of spiritual concerns with the work of therapy. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Josh is excited about working with all aspects of the family system and throughout major
(704) 209-7503 View (704) 209-7503
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Adrian Fabrikant
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPMHC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
My specialties include Autism, ADD, depression, family conflict, couples issues.
My focus is to assist children, adolescents, families, and adults to build positive self image through enhancing self esteem, improving social skills, and reducing family and peer conflicts. I work closely with parents to strengthen their limit setting, clear expectations, and conflict resolution abilities through improved communication skills. Setting limits and boundaries in all relationships and dynamics is a tool that I often use in my therapeutic process. Giving children, parents, couples and individuals tools to maneuver through the daily issues are tools and techniques that I focus on in our sessions.
My specialties include Autism, ADD, depression, family conflict, couples issues.
My focus is to assist children, adolescents, families, and adults to build positive self image through enhancing self esteem, improving social skills, and reducing family and peer conflicts. I work closely with parents to strengthen their limit setting, clear expectations, and conflict resolution abilities through improved communication skills. Setting limits and boundaries in all relationships and dynamics is a tool that I often use in my therapeutic process. Giving children, parents, couples and individuals tools to maneuver through the daily issues are tools and techniques that I focus on in our sessions.
(704) 666-4479 View (704) 666-4479
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Chris Nealy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28270  (Online Only)
As a member of the neurodivergent community, I specialize in working with others who experience life with ADHD or Autism.
Do you find yourself setting goals that you rarely reach? Do you often feel that you've worked your hardest all day yet failed to complete the tasks in front of you? Living with executive functioning challenges can present invisible obstacles that others may minimize or dismiss as excuses. If you have ADHD and/or Autism, you are likely familiar with these situations, as well as the impact these repeated experiences can have on your emotional and mental well-being. As a person with ADHD, I assure you there are solutions!
As a member of the neurodivergent community, I specialize in working with others who experience life with ADHD or Autism.
Do you find yourself setting goals that you rarely reach? Do you often feel that you've worked your hardest all day yet failed to complete the tasks in front of you? Living with executive functioning challenges can present invisible obstacles that others may minimize or dismiss as excuses. If you have ADHD and/or Autism, you are likely familiar with these situations, as well as the impact these repeated experiences can have on your emotional and mental well-being. As a person with ADHD, I assure you there are solutions!
(980) 291-7072 View (980) 291-7072
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Kenya Elizabeth Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28216
My clientele includes children, youth, and adults experiencing a myriad of life struggles and issues including emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, family problems, behavioral problems, Autism, trauma and PTSD, parenting challenges, and more.
Hi, I view counseling as a forum for acceptance and understanding that serves to facilitate and foster change. To some, counseling may be as simple as using the counselor as a sounding board, or as a way to navigate roadblocks in life. I support each individual based on their needs. I'm an ally to everyone because I love people and we all deserve kindness and respect.
My clientele includes children, youth, and adults experiencing a myriad of life struggles and issues including emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, family problems, behavioral problems, Autism, trauma and PTSD, parenting challenges, and more.
Hi, I view counseling as a forum for acceptance and understanding that serves to facilitate and foster change. To some, counseling may be as simple as using the counselor as a sounding board, or as a way to navigate roadblocks in life. I support each individual based on their needs. I'm an ally to everyone because I love people and we all deserve kindness and respect.
(704) 610-1275 View (704) 610-1275
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Child & Family Development
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
Our psychology team provides a variety of evaluations including: Psycho-Educational, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Neuropsychology.
C&FD psychologists are experienced diagnosticians and practitioners. Our counselors provide a range of services including play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and parent coaching. We have a developmental and behavioral pediatrician on staff who provides medication management. We specialize in children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. Common concerns include emotion regulation and behavioral problems, anxiety, ADHD, and ASD.
Our psychology team provides a variety of evaluations including: Psycho-Educational, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Neuropsychology.
C&FD psychologists are experienced diagnosticians and practitioners. Our counselors provide a range of services including play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and parent coaching. We have a developmental and behavioral pediatrician on staff who provides medication management. We specialize in children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. Common concerns include emotion regulation and behavioral problems, anxiety, ADHD, and ASD.
(704) 325-4825 View (704) 325-4825
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Jenny Mathys
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
Are you a parent or caregiver of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Do you struggle on a daily basis to help your child navigate challenges with social communication and rigidity? Do you feel overwhelmed and need support to understand your child's learning profile, including his or her strengths and needs? You are not alone. I am here to help.
Are you a parent or caregiver of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Do you struggle on a daily basis to help your child navigate challenges with social communication and rigidity? Do you feel overwhelmed and need support to understand your child's learning profile, including his or her strengths and needs? You are not alone. I am here to help.
(704) 585-8804 View (704) 585-8804
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Ashlyn Baker
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
You don't have to feel alone. Seeking counseling can feel intimidating. I specialize in working with members of the autism and LGBTQ+ communities (I am autistic and queer myself). If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, it's important that you find someone with lived experience. I delight in partnering with clients who are exploring their identity and working through the human process of self-acceptance and self-love.
You don't have to feel alone. Seeking counseling can feel intimidating. I specialize in working with members of the autism and LGBTQ+ communities (I am autistic and queer myself). If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, it's important that you find someone with lived experience. I delight in partnering with clients who are exploring their identity and working through the human process of self-acceptance and self-love.
(980) 389-8466 View (980) 389-8466
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A Bridge to Achievement
BCBA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Our CEO, Dana Alley, has experienced firsthand how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) transformed the life of her son with autism. Dana started A Bridge to Achievement to provide families access to timely and high-quality home-based ABA services. Her unique perspective as a parent drives our agency's commitment to family-centered services which sets A Bridge to Achievement apart from other providers.
Our CEO, Dana Alley, has experienced firsthand how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) transformed the life of her son with autism. Dana started A Bridge to Achievement to provide families access to timely and high-quality home-based ABA services. Her unique perspective as a parent drives our agency's commitment to family-centered services which sets A Bridge to Achievement apart from other providers.
(336) 344-9233 View (336) 344-9233
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Tanagra Together
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCMHC, LCMHCQS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269
I provide individual, couple's, and family counseling. I am also qualified to provide clinical supervision to LPC / LCMHC associates. Accepting English and Spanish speaking clients at this time. I have several specialties including Autism, ODD/Conduct Disorder, Anxiety and Depression with children and adolescents as well as providing Individual and couples therapy to parents.
I provide individual, couple's, and family counseling. I am also qualified to provide clinical supervision to LPC / LCMHC associates. Accepting English and Spanish speaking clients at this time. I have several specialties including Autism, ODD/Conduct Disorder, Anxiety and Depression with children and adolescents as well as providing Individual and couples therapy to parents.
(704) 389-2302 View (704) 389-2302
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Stephanie Goodson
Psychological Associate, MS, LPA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
I specialize in comprehensive psychological evaluations for complex symptom presentations including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. I provide IQ testing, testing for giftedness, evaluation for Kindergarten readiness, school admissions testing, testing for IEP/ 504 planning, and high-stakes testing accommodations. I also provide therapy for older teens and adults with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and parenting stress. I use assessment and therapy to promote self-compassion and joy!
I specialize in comprehensive psychological evaluations for complex symptom presentations including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. I provide IQ testing, testing for giftedness, evaluation for Kindergarten readiness, school admissions testing, testing for IEP/ 504 planning, and high-stakes testing accommodations. I also provide therapy for older teens and adults with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and parenting stress. I use assessment and therapy to promote self-compassion and joy!
(704) 318-4462 View (704) 318-4462
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Autistic Adult and Teen Consulting
Occupational Therapist, OTR/L, CAS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28205
We are a company that celebrates neurodiversity. Our mission is to help you navigate the challenges of functioning as a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world. At Autistic Adult & Teen Consulting, we offer our expertise for those who: 1. Are recently diagnosed or who are exploring a possible Autism diagnosis as an adult or teen 2. Are struggling to gain confidence in tasks needed to transition to college or adulthood 3. Are Autistic adults looking for solutions to improve day to day challenges (could be personal, work, college, or social life).
We are a company that celebrates neurodiversity. Our mission is to help you navigate the challenges of functioning as a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world. At Autistic Adult & Teen Consulting, we offer our expertise for those who: 1. Are recently diagnosed or who are exploring a possible Autism diagnosis as an adult or teen 2. Are struggling to gain confidence in tasks needed to transition to college or adulthood 3. Are Autistic adults looking for solutions to improve day to day challenges (could be personal, work, college, or social life).
(704) 378-8965 View (704) 378-8965
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Kristin K Hodgson, PhD, PLLC
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
In my 15 years of experience with TEACCH, the UNC Autism Program, I conducted evaluations, trained professionals, and provided direct services to autistic individuals and families.
Parenting a child who learns, interacts, and develops differently than their peers can be a joy and a challenge. You may have wondered if your child has Autism, ADHD, or another developmental difference, or if your child is twice exceptional (2e). I specialize in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children (infants/toddlers through school-age) to identify their unique diagnostic profile and to provide answers and guidance to their parents. I also provide treatment, including direct child therapy and caregiver coaching, to address areas of need and build on the many strengths of neurodivergent thinkers.
In my 15 years of experience with TEACCH, the UNC Autism Program, I conducted evaluations, trained professionals, and provided direct services to autistic individuals and families.
Parenting a child who learns, interacts, and develops differently than their peers can be a joy and a challenge. You may have wondered if your child has Autism, ADHD, or another developmental difference, or if your child is twice exceptional (2e). I specialize in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children (infants/toddlers through school-age) to identify their unique diagnostic profile and to provide answers and guidance to their parents. I also provide treatment, including direct child therapy and caregiver coaching, to address areas of need and build on the many strengths of neurodivergent thinkers.
(704) 459-5725 View (704) 459-5725
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Gabrielle A. Rosenthal-Ayres
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262
I have personal and professional experience with anxiety, depression, autism/Asperger's disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and work/stress related concerns.
Are depression, anxiety, stress, or constant worrying becoming a way of life? Your emotions are up and down, memory is not what it used to be, or maybe you are angry more often than usual. Or perhaps you are a family member of someone with these struggles and are needing direction, support, and another point of view. Whether you are dealing with a life change, dealing with a diagnosis, wanting to make a change, or just get some support it's time to call and see how therapy can help. Being engaged in therapy with a therapist you are comfortable with and trust can make all the difference in meeting or not meeting your goals.
I have personal and professional experience with anxiety, depression, autism/Asperger's disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and work/stress related concerns.
Are depression, anxiety, stress, or constant worrying becoming a way of life? Your emotions are up and down, memory is not what it used to be, or maybe you are angry more often than usual. Or perhaps you are a family member of someone with these struggles and are needing direction, support, and another point of view. Whether you are dealing with a life change, dealing with a diagnosis, wanting to make a change, or just get some support it's time to call and see how therapy can help. Being engaged in therapy with a therapist you are comfortable with and trust can make all the difference in meeting or not meeting your goals.
(704) 869-2114 View (704) 869-2114
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C Richardson Counseling and Consulting, PLLC
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, LCMHC-S, CRC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262
Welcome to our practice, where we compassionately serve those who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and experiencing difficulty managing interfering behaviors. We provide specialized outpatient services tailored for effective behavioral health treatment. These individualized programs are grounded in evidence-based research and are designed to be flexible, allowing us to work within home, school, and community environments. Our approach integrates effective strategies to manage behaviors that interfere with daily life, addressing the needs of individuals with ASD as well as those with mental health disorders.
Welcome to our practice, where we compassionately serve those who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and experiencing difficulty managing interfering behaviors. We provide specialized outpatient services tailored for effective behavioral health treatment. These individualized programs are grounded in evidence-based research and are designed to be flexible, allowing us to work within home, school, and community environments. Our approach integrates effective strategies to manage behaviors that interfere with daily life, addressing the needs of individuals with ASD as well as those with mental health disorders.
(980) 246-3914 View (980) 246-3914
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Bree Normandin
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS-A, MTS, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
In addition to therapeutic interventions, I specialize in conducting assessments for ADHD and Autism, with a particular focus on female-presenting clients aged 13 and older.
Welcome to my therapeutic space. I am deeply honored to journey alongside those seeking support and healing. With over a decade of mental health experience, I have dedicated myself to understanding and assisting clients struggling with Addiction, Anxiety, and Depression. I also work with individuals who Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
In addition to therapeutic interventions, I specialize in conducting assessments for ADHD and Autism, with a particular focus on female-presenting clients aged 13 and older.
Welcome to my therapeutic space. I am deeply honored to journey alongside those seeking support and healing. With over a decade of mental health experience, I have dedicated myself to understanding and assisting clients struggling with Addiction, Anxiety, and Depression. I also work with individuals who Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
(828) 266-0411 View (828) 266-0411
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Jonathan E. Thull
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
I experienced grief and was diagnosed with ADHD as well as a learning disability and told I might be on the Autism spectrum.
At this time we are not accepting new clients. Please call in for a consultation to be put on a waiting list. As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and various other labels. None of those labels mattered though, because when I found someone who cared and listened everything changed. We all have the ability to overcome the challenges in our lives and gain personal strength through the therapy process.
I experienced grief and was diagnosed with ADHD as well as a learning disability and told I might be on the Autism spectrum.
At this time we are not accepting new clients. Please call in for a consultation to be put on a waiting list. As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and various other labels. None of those labels mattered though, because when I found someone who cared and listened everything changed. We all have the ability to overcome the challenges in our lives and gain personal strength through the therapy process.
(704) 490-4658 View (704) 490-4658
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Kate Connelly
Psychologist, PhD, LP, HSP-P
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28204  (Online Only)
I am a neurodivergent-affirming psychologist who helps adults seeking assessment. I help my clients answer the questions, "Am I autistic? Do I have ADHD?" Neurodivergence can look different in women and AFAB individuals, and it sometimes does not follow the stereotypes of what autism or ADHD are. Having a psychologist who specializes in these areas can be very helpful. Discovering neurodivergence later in adulthood can be a very positive event for many, helping them understand themselves and their life experiences more deeply.
I am a neurodivergent-affirming psychologist who helps adults seeking assessment. I help my clients answer the questions, "Am I autistic? Do I have ADHD?" Neurodivergence can look different in women and AFAB individuals, and it sometimes does not follow the stereotypes of what autism or ADHD are. Having a psychologist who specializes in these areas can be very helpful. Discovering neurodivergence later in adulthood can be a very positive event for many, helping them understand themselves and their life experiences more deeply.
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Renee Birch
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Whether you are visiting this site for your child or yourself, I'm glad you are here. In life, we all face challenges that can feel like a heavy burden to carry. Counseling may look different for children, teens, and adults however the goals are often the same. Reduce distress, cope more effectively, and find more happiness in life. A specialty of mine is working with individuals with ADHD and Autism. Each person's journey to wellness is different, so I meet each client where they are at providing support and validation. Counseling is a great place to work on understanding yourself, others, and gain helpful coping skills.
Whether you are visiting this site for your child or yourself, I'm glad you are here. In life, we all face challenges that can feel like a heavy burden to carry. Counseling may look different for children, teens, and adults however the goals are often the same. Reduce distress, cope more effectively, and find more happiness in life. A specialty of mine is working with individuals with ADHD and Autism. Each person's journey to wellness is different, so I meet each client where they are at providing support and validation. Counseling is a great place to work on understanding yourself, others, and gain helpful coping skills.
(704) 327-0736 View (704) 327-0736
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Marycaroline Gibson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Finding a therapist can feel overwhelming. The hardest step is just showing up, and you have already accomplished that! Everyone has different needs and goals - and there is no "one size fits all" approach to therapy. As such, the techniques that I use differ from client to client. We can work collaboratively to address your individual needs and goals! Some of my focus areas include Anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intergenerational Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse Recovery, Family Trauma, Career Counseling and Stress Management.
Finding a therapist can feel overwhelming. The hardest step is just showing up, and you have already accomplished that! Everyone has different needs and goals - and there is no "one size fits all" approach to therapy. As such, the techniques that I use differ from client to client. We can work collaboratively to address your individual needs and goals! Some of my focus areas include Anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intergenerational Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse Recovery, Family Trauma, Career Counseling and Stress Management.
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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.