Autism Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Sheryl Caplan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605
One of my specialties is helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.
I welcome the opportunity to help you overcome challenges and achieve your goals. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and addictions. My approach to counseling varies according to the client's individual needs, however, my training has largely focused on psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family systems therapy, and Mindfulness. This broad base of training allows me flexibility to choose research-based interventions that are most appropriate for each client. I am currently accepting clients age 18+, couples and families.
One of my specialties is helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.
I welcome the opportunity to help you overcome challenges and achieve your goals. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and addictions. My approach to counseling varies according to the client's individual needs, however, my training has largely focused on psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family systems therapy, and Mindfulness. This broad base of training allows me flexibility to choose research-based interventions that are most appropriate for each client. I am currently accepting clients age 18+, couples and families.
(704) 288-4853 View (704) 288-4853
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Marycaroline Gibson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615  (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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Catherine Saunders - Unmask Late diagnosed Autism And Adhd
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27606  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
There is such a wide range of emotions that comes with being diagnosed with Autism and ADHD as an adult when you have lived your whole life not knowing there was a reason you didn’t fit the mold others seemingly did so easily. Catherine has lived this as she was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD in her 30’s. She knows what it is like to navigate the feelings of grief for all the support you didn’t receive growing up as well as the relief of finally knowing and understanding who you are.
There is such a wide range of emotions that comes with being diagnosed with Autism and ADHD as an adult when you have lived your whole life not knowing there was a reason you didn’t fit the mold others seemingly did so easily. Catherine has lived this as she was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD in her 30’s. She knows what it is like to navigate the feelings of grief for all the support you didn’t receive growing up as well as the relief of finally knowing and understanding who you are.
(984) 201-7928 View (984) 201-7928
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Elizabeth Robinette
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27614  (Online Only)
I specialize in assessment and treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and learning disorders.
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent-identifying folx navigate a world designed by and for a neurotypical brain. I am an ardent advocate for neurodiversity and view ADHD as a brain style. My focus, through empirically supported coaching and solution-focused counseling, is to transform “disorder” into an asset. I partner with my clients to develop skills that compensate for the difficult parts of their diagnosis, while celebrating the amazing qualities of their neurodivergent brain.
I specialize in assessment and treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and learning disorders.
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent-identifying folx navigate a world designed by and for a neurotypical brain. I am an ardent advocate for neurodiversity and view ADHD as a brain style. My focus, through empirically supported coaching and solution-focused counseling, is to transform “disorder” into an asset. I partner with my clients to develop skills that compensate for the difficult parts of their diagnosis, while celebrating the amazing qualities of their neurodivergent brain.
(919) 858-2979 View (919) 858-2979
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Hannah Morley
LCSW Associate, MSW, LCSW-A
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27617
My specialties include ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Behavior Management, Stress, Depression, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA+, and Relationships.
So, I'm a tall person - 6'2" to be exact. I know what you're thinking - "Do you play sports?" and "How's the weather up there?" Well, despite my stature, I lack any notable athletic abilities, but I do have some equestrian skills up my sleeve. As for the weather? That’s confidential information for tall people only! As a therapist, I pride myself on breaking free from traditional constraints and fostering a warm, inviting atmosphere, filled with laughter and a touch of quirkiness. My approach is rooted in authenticity, collaboration, and genuine human connection – because that's where the magic truly happens.
My specialties include ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Behavior Management, Stress, Depression, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA+, and Relationships.
So, I'm a tall person - 6'2" to be exact. I know what you're thinking - "Do you play sports?" and "How's the weather up there?" Well, despite my stature, I lack any notable athletic abilities, but I do have some equestrian skills up my sleeve. As for the weather? That’s confidential information for tall people only! As a therapist, I pride myself on breaking free from traditional constraints and fostering a warm, inviting atmosphere, filled with laughter and a touch of quirkiness. My approach is rooted in authenticity, collaboration, and genuine human connection – because that's where the magic truly happens.
(984) 985-3887 View (984) 985-3887
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Head & Heart: Neurodiverse Counseling & Consulting
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
With a decade-long tenure in private practice, the educational system, and global professional training in Autism, I have honed my skills.
Are you seeking a supportive space to foster growth within neurodiversity? At Head & Heart, we understand the unique challenges and potential that come with Autism. Whether you are an individual, a parent seeking a structured environment for your child, or a neurodivergent couple striving to foster connection, my approach is tailored to your specific needs. Our holistic approach creates change through personalized strategies and evidence-based interventions. Together, we will explore effective ways to enhance communication, manage challenges, and celebrate the strengths that make you and your loved ones beautifully neurodiverse.
With a decade-long tenure in private practice, the educational system, and global professional training in Autism, I have honed my skills.
Are you seeking a supportive space to foster growth within neurodiversity? At Head & Heart, we understand the unique challenges and potential that come with Autism. Whether you are an individual, a parent seeking a structured environment for your child, or a neurodivergent couple striving to foster connection, my approach is tailored to your specific needs. Our holistic approach creates change through personalized strategies and evidence-based interventions. Together, we will explore effective ways to enhance communication, manage challenges, and celebrate the strengths that make you and your loved ones beautifully neurodiverse.
(919) 646-3468 View (919) 646-3468
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Richard Sladich
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC, ASDCS
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605
Hello, I am accepting new clients, and also have a waitlist. Need help with Social Anxiety, generalized anxiety, Autism spectrum, ADHD, or Depression? I specialize in those issues, but I also focus on the issues of panic attacks, phobias, agoraphobia, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I also help with relationship issues, learning to advocate for yourself, and setting boundaries. I am available for in person or virtual sessions. I am a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist with the Feeling Good Institute, and a certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).
Hello, I am accepting new clients, and also have a waitlist. Need help with Social Anxiety, generalized anxiety, Autism spectrum, ADHD, or Depression? I specialize in those issues, but I also focus on the issues of panic attacks, phobias, agoraphobia, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I also help with relationship issues, learning to advocate for yourself, and setting boundaries. I am available for in person or virtual sessions. I am a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist with the Feeling Good Institute, and a certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).
(919) 648-4037 View (919) 648-4037
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Abe Hickey
NCC, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
I am experienced working with all ages, and experienced in a broad range of issues including: Autism, Asperger's, Behavioral Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, School Issues, LGBTQ+ Issues, Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Couple/Marriage Problems, Polyamory/Open Relationships, Sexual Issues, Parenting, Career Issues, as well as many others.
I believe in helping a person overcome the problems and situations that are faced in life, not just treating a diagnosis. My philosophy is to provide a private, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment where everyone can feel safe no matter age, beliefs, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, cultural background, or life circumstances. I provide a laid-back conversational approach and regularly use activities, art, music, technology, toys, and games to help everyone feel comfortable as well as gain skills. I try to provide flexible appointment times (Appointment times are subject to availability).
I am experienced working with all ages, and experienced in a broad range of issues including: Autism, Asperger's, Behavioral Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, School Issues, LGBTQ+ Issues, Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Couple/Marriage Problems, Polyamory/Open Relationships, Sexual Issues, Parenting, Career Issues, as well as many others.
I believe in helping a person overcome the problems and situations that are faced in life, not just treating a diagnosis. My philosophy is to provide a private, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment where everyone can feel safe no matter age, beliefs, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, cultural background, or life circumstances. I provide a laid-back conversational approach and regularly use activities, art, music, technology, toys, and games to help everyone feel comfortable as well as gain skills. I try to provide flexible appointment times (Appointment times are subject to availability).
(919) 888-4594 View (919) 888-4594
Meredith Hickory
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605
I am a pediatric neuropsychologist who conducts evaluations with children, teenagers, and young adults ages 3-24. I specialize in the areas of concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Anxiety.
I am a pediatric neuropsychologist who conducts evaluations with children, teenagers, and young adults ages 3-24. I specialize in the areas of concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Anxiety.
(919) 980-4755 View (919) 980-4755
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LeShana Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
My name is LeShana Moore, a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate. I obtained a Master’s Degree from North Carolina Central University and a Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina University. My academic background and professional experiences demonstrate a long-standing commitment to public service and helping others in their time of vulnerability. I have experience working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults, with special attention on providing treatment to children with autism and behavioral issues. I provide a non-judgmental and safe environment for clients to address their mental health concerns.
My name is LeShana Moore, a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate. I obtained a Master’s Degree from North Carolina Central University and a Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina University. My academic background and professional experiences demonstrate a long-standing commitment to public service and helping others in their time of vulnerability. I have experience working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults, with special attention on providing treatment to children with autism and behavioral issues. I provide a non-judgmental and safe environment for clients to address their mental health concerns.
(919) 666-3455 View (919) 666-3455
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Audrey Doidge
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, and those who don't fit into boxes) adolescents and young adults thrive academically, socially, and personally. I provide support around emotional regulation, anxiety, social interaction, depression, school success, life transitions, and eating concerns. I also have experience supporting high school and college students with the transition to college and beyond.
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, and those who don't fit into boxes) adolescents and young adults thrive academically, socially, and personally. I provide support around emotional regulation, anxiety, social interaction, depression, school success, life transitions, and eating concerns. I also have experience supporting high school and college students with the transition to college and beyond.
(919) 729-9428 View (919) 729-9428
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Corinne N Green
Psychologist, PhD, LP, HSP-P
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Areas of special interests include developmental disorders, autism, adjustment, anxiety, depression, divorce, sexual orientation, grief, parenting, and relationship issues.
My name is Dr. Corinne Green. I am a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider-Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. I have received extensive training in providing diagnostic assessment and psychotherapy for all age groups in a variety of settings. I provide supportive and solution-focused individual, couple's, and family therapies from a systems approach; helping individuals recognize patterns in their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships that have developed as they have adapted to their unique backgrounds and experiences. I consider it a privilege to join others in their personal journies toward healing, growth, health and wellness.
Areas of special interests include developmental disorders, autism, adjustment, anxiety, depression, divorce, sexual orientation, grief, parenting, and relationship issues.
My name is Dr. Corinne Green. I am a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider-Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. I have received extensive training in providing diagnostic assessment and psychotherapy for all age groups in a variety of settings. I provide supportive and solution-focused individual, couple's, and family therapies from a systems approach; helping individuals recognize patterns in their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships that have developed as they have adapted to their unique backgrounds and experiences. I consider it a privilege to join others in their personal journies toward healing, growth, health and wellness.
(919) 299-0104 View (919) 299-0104
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Charis Wellness Counseling Center (Foundation)
DMin, MA, LMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
These include: DIR Floortime treatment for families dealing with Autism, other developmental issues, and Children and adults suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Charis Foundation has two counseling therapeutic opportunities: 1.) Charis Counseling Wellness Center, a out patient service, is dedicated to providing non-judgmental treatment for Adults, Adolescents, Children, individuals, couples, and families. We are committed to non-biased assessment and treatment our clients, with respect to their cultural, ethnic, sexual, and religious difference, in an effort to gain insight, promote wellness and encourage healing and growth. 2.) Serenity Grace Farm is dedicated to equine therapy, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, and other horse riding activities. This works towards enhancing and improving physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills. Trail rides, party opportunities, special events for focus groups such as service groups, churches, civic organizations, and special needs are also part of the repertoire of therapeutic experiences available.
These include: DIR Floortime treatment for families dealing with Autism, other developmental issues, and Children and adults suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Charis Foundation has two counseling therapeutic opportunities: 1.) Charis Counseling Wellness Center, a out patient service, is dedicated to providing non-judgmental treatment for Adults, Adolescents, Children, individuals, couples, and families. We are committed to non-biased assessment and treatment our clients, with respect to their cultural, ethnic, sexual, and religious difference, in an effort to gain insight, promote wellness and encourage healing and growth. 2.) Serenity Grace Farm is dedicated to equine therapy, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, and other horse riding activities. This works towards enhancing and improving physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills. Trail rides, party opportunities, special events for focus groups such as service groups, churches, civic organizations, and special needs are also part of the repertoire of therapeutic experiences available.
(919) 587-8121 View (919) 587-8121
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The Counseling Collective, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHCS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27614
Currently accepting clients both in office and telehealth sessions. Please go to our webiste: www.counselingcollectivepllc.com and click "Request An Appointment" to get started. We are a group of practioners who provide individual, family, and group therapy and enjoy working with children, teens, and adults. Our therapists have experience working with various mental health diagnoses including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Autism, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, and Personality Disorders. We are trained in evidenced-based approaches for trauma, Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Child-Centered Play Therapy and many more.
Currently accepting clients both in office and telehealth sessions. Please go to our webiste: www.counselingcollectivepllc.com and click "Request An Appointment" to get started. We are a group of practioners who provide individual, family, and group therapy and enjoy working with children, teens, and adults. Our therapists have experience working with various mental health diagnoses including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Autism, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, and Personality Disorders. We are trained in evidenced-based approaches for trauma, Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Child-Centered Play Therapy and many more.
(984) 206-3328 View (984) 206-3328
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Jennifer J Liotino
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I enjoy working with a variety of clients. With over 21 years of experience, my expertise to a more eclectic approach, including CBT, attachment based therapy, trauma focused therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. I enjoy working with trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, life transition, attachment, self-esteem, family issues, Adult Children of Alcoholics, grief/loss, and autism.
As a therapist, I enjoy working with a variety of clients. With over 21 years of experience, my expertise to a more eclectic approach, including CBT, attachment based therapy, trauma focused therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. I enjoy working with trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, life transition, attachment, self-esteem, family issues, Adult Children of Alcoholics, grief/loss, and autism.
(828) 888-0376 View (828) 888-0376
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Paige Temple
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27616
Now offering Telehealth Sessions due to COVID-19. I work with children with a wide variety of presenting issues, including AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and depression. I specialize in assessing and treating these conditions and also work with parents to equip them to best help their children at home. Through comprehensive assessment, I can help you better understand your child's behavioral and emotional functioning, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic problems, and social difficulties along with their unique strengths.
Now offering Telehealth Sessions due to COVID-19. I work with children with a wide variety of presenting issues, including AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and depression. I specialize in assessing and treating these conditions and also work with parents to equip them to best help their children at home. Through comprehensive assessment, I can help you better understand your child's behavioral and emotional functioning, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic problems, and social difficulties along with their unique strengths.
(252) 618-5688 View (252) 618-5688
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Flowers Solution-Focused Therapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605
I am a licensed psychologist providing services across the lifespan, although my training has provided me with a strong understanding of child and adolescent development, school based difficulties, and learning differences. A large amount of my training has been at the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development. I completed my doctorate in School Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my internship at the CIDD. My master’s degree was completed in Counseling & Guidance at New York University. I specialize in treating children and teens with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ADHD and autism.
I am a licensed psychologist providing services across the lifespan, although my training has provided me with a strong understanding of child and adolescent development, school based difficulties, and learning differences. A large amount of my training has been at the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development. I completed my doctorate in School Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my internship at the CIDD. My master’s degree was completed in Counseling & Guidance at New York University. I specialize in treating children and teens with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ADHD and autism.
(919) 759-5311 View (919) 759-5311
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Yogology, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27606
I have over 20 years of specialized experience in working with Autism, Anxiety, Depression, and OCD.
If you are dealing with anxiety, stress, or depression and would like an "out of the box" approach to therapy, I can help. In addition to a psychologist, I am also a RYT 500 hr. Yoga Teacher and Meditation Teacher. My goal is to facilitate your personal health and wellness. I work collaboratively with clients to identify ample learning opportunities they can create in their everyday environment to achieve the outcomes they want for themselves. I also offer Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations and supervision for other professionals. I conveniently offer telehealth services only to accommodate you and your busy life.
I have over 20 years of specialized experience in working with Autism, Anxiety, Depression, and OCD.
If you are dealing with anxiety, stress, or depression and would like an "out of the box" approach to therapy, I can help. In addition to a psychologist, I am also a RYT 500 hr. Yoga Teacher and Meditation Teacher. My goal is to facilitate your personal health and wellness. I work collaboratively with clients to identify ample learning opportunities they can create in their everyday environment to achieve the outcomes they want for themselves. I also offer Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations and supervision for other professionals. I conveniently offer telehealth services only to accommodate you and your busy life.
(919) 533-2348 View (919) 533-2348
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Kyera Kay McCrimmon
Counselor, MEd, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27606
My ideal clients range from 5 to 16 years old and may grapple with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, and various emotional concerns. They seek to improve social skills, manage emotions, and develop effective coping strategies, aiming for academic and social success while building self-awareness and confidence. Parental involvement is paramount in our therapy. We focus on parent training to bolster the child's progress. Together, we establish a nurturing, consistent environment where children can conquer challenges and realize their potential.
My ideal clients range from 5 to 16 years old and may grapple with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, and various emotional concerns. They seek to improve social skills, manage emotions, and develop effective coping strategies, aiming for academic and social success while building self-awareness and confidence. Parental involvement is paramount in our therapy. We focus on parent training to bolster the child's progress. Together, we establish a nurturing, consistent environment where children can conquer challenges and realize their potential.
(919) 307-6997 View (919) 307-6997
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Dana Cea
Counselor, PhD, MS, CPSS, CRC, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Whether this is your first or the millionth therapist you have reached out to, you are taking the time to find the best fit. Have you diagnosed yourself with autism? Or felt an autism diagnosis is the missing part of your life? Maybe you have felt “different” your whole life, or perhaps you recently started exploring the possibility of neurodivergence. You may be struggling to connect with others or simply to survive day-to-day. Perhaps you’re feeling frustrated and want the answers you have been searching for.
Whether this is your first or the millionth therapist you have reached out to, you are taking the time to find the best fit. Have you diagnosed yourself with autism? Or felt an autism diagnosis is the missing part of your life? Maybe you have felt “different” your whole life, or perhaps you recently started exploring the possibility of neurodivergence. You may be struggling to connect with others or simply to survive day-to-day. Perhaps you’re feeling frustrated and want the answers you have been searching for.
(252) 254-2510 View (252) 254-2510
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.