Autism Therapists in Las Vegas, NV

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Brandon P Eddy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89144
I specialize in providing treatment for couples and families. One of my main areas of focus is helping clients navigate the transition to parenthood, which can include issues such as postpartum depression, miscarriage, infertility, and the overall adjustment to becoming a parent. I also specialize in working with families with Autism.
I specialize in providing treatment for couples and families. One of my main areas of focus is helping clients navigate the transition to parenthood, which can include issues such as postpartum depression, miscarriage, infertility, and the overall adjustment to becoming a parent. I also specialize in working with families with Autism.
(702) 749-4639 View (702) 749-4639
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Nevada Autism Center
MS, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Chantal Rainford is our Director at the Nevada Autism Center.
Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have the potential to become highly competent and successful individuals, that lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. All kids with ASD deserve the chance to pursue their goals and see them to fruition. The hard-hitting reality is some children are denied access to resources they need to facilitate growth and self-actualization.
Chantal Rainford is our Director at the Nevada Autism Center.
Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have the potential to become highly competent and successful individuals, that lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. All kids with ASD deserve the chance to pursue their goals and see them to fruition. The hard-hitting reality is some children are denied access to resources they need to facilitate growth and self-actualization.
(702) 660-2005 View (702) 660-2005
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Hannah Sweeney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** My name is Hannah Sweeney. I was born in England, and moved to America nearly 20 years ago. I worked closely with children with autism one-on-one for about 6 years, which reinforced my interest in getting my Bachelors of Art in Psychology from UNLV. I later went on to graduate with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the UNLV, and am a state registered Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained in EMDR, a well known and respected trauma related therapy. EMDR has also been successful in treating a wide variety of issues, such as anxiety and OCD.
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** My name is Hannah Sweeney. I was born in England, and moved to America nearly 20 years ago. I worked closely with children with autism one-on-one for about 6 years, which reinforced my interest in getting my Bachelors of Art in Psychology from UNLV. I later went on to graduate with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the UNLV, and am a state registered Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained in EMDR, a well known and respected trauma related therapy. EMDR has also been successful in treating a wide variety of issues, such as anxiety and OCD.
(702) 803-3029 View (702) 803-3029
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Arione Capolupo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89108  (Online Only)
Licensed in both CA and NV, my true passion is helping families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. I provide Tele-health services which allows for some greater flexibility in that you don't have to drive to another appointment in your already busy day. I have worked in the Autism field for over 25 years. If you prefer a Christian, faith-based approach, I can incorporate your faith into our session time. Are you anxious and/or depressed? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you need help with co-parenting? Or do you have ASD and need help with making and sustaining quality relationships with others? I can help you!
Licensed in both CA and NV, my true passion is helping families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. I provide Tele-health services which allows for some greater flexibility in that you don't have to drive to another appointment in your already busy day. I have worked in the Autism field for over 25 years. If you prefer a Christian, faith-based approach, I can incorporate your faith into our session time. Are you anxious and/or depressed? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you need help with co-parenting? Or do you have ASD and need help with making and sustaining quality relationships with others? I can help you!
(714) 582-5982 View (714) 582-5982
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Tammy Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist, CPC-I, MSCRMHC, ASDI
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Are you or your child struggling with ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, gender identity issues, sexual identity issues, sexual, physical, emotional, mental abuse, neglect, or trauma of any kind? Are you tired of hearing that no one can help you, your child, and your family? I've dedicated my education and career to working with individuals experiencing these challenges in a very unique and specialized-to-the-individual capacity. I offer telehealth and in-person sessions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me to schedule the initial assessment. Please visit my website to request an appointment. www.beautifulbalancecounseling.com
Are you or your child struggling with ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, gender identity issues, sexual identity issues, sexual, physical, emotional, mental abuse, neglect, or trauma of any kind? Are you tired of hearing that no one can help you, your child, and your family? I've dedicated my education and career to working with individuals experiencing these challenges in a very unique and specialized-to-the-individual capacity. I offer telehealth and in-person sessions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me to schedule the initial assessment. Please visit my website to request an appointment. www.beautifulbalancecounseling.com
(702) 710-5278 View (702) 710-5278
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Applied Behavior Analysis Institute, Inc
Behavior Analyst, PhD, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Applied Behavior Analysis Institute has been providing in-home, research-based autism treatment and parent training since 2011. We use standardized assessments, caretaker interview, observation, and review of documents from schools and other providers (e.g., schools and outside therapists) to develop treatment plans specific to our clients' needs based on their skill sets and environmental needs. We focus treatment in all five developmental domains including: Cognitive, Motor, Social, Communication, and Adaptive Living Skills. We also assist parents in navigating the IEP development process with their child's school.
Applied Behavior Analysis Institute has been providing in-home, research-based autism treatment and parent training since 2011. We use standardized assessments, caretaker interview, observation, and review of documents from schools and other providers (e.g., schools and outside therapists) to develop treatment plans specific to our clients' needs based on their skill sets and environmental needs. We focus treatment in all five developmental domains including: Cognitive, Motor, Social, Communication, and Adaptive Living Skills. We also assist parents in navigating the IEP development process with their child's school.
(505) 587-0722 View (505) 587-0722
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Rebecca Korzilius Kerl
LPC Intern, Intern , MS, CPC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
I have a passion for working with teens and adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. I also have experience and enjoy working with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, giftedness, gender identity, LGBTQ, sexual health, and alternative lifestyles. I love helping people figure out how to work through social issues, relationship concerns, issues with school, work, or just life in general. I identify in this community and understand the challenges of living with a Neurodiverse brain. My commitment is to support you in becoming the best version of yourself and to empower you to embrace your unique mind.
I have a passion for working with teens and adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. I also have experience and enjoy working with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, giftedness, gender identity, LGBTQ, sexual health, and alternative lifestyles. I love helping people figure out how to work through social issues, relationship concerns, issues with school, work, or just life in general. I identify in this community and understand the challenges of living with a Neurodiverse brain. My commitment is to support you in becoming the best version of yourself and to empower you to embrace your unique mind.
(725) 208-5347 View (725) 208-5347
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Angie Pulido-Banner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89104  (Online Only)
I’m Angie, a Clinical Psychologist with years of experience supporting teens & adults with ADHD & Autism.
Let’s be honest. You’re not happy with your life. You feel alone, like an outcast, and not welcomed by others. Despite your efforts, nothing has been able to change and you’re not sure why. It hurts. You’re tired of feeling rejected and waiting for the good stuff of life to happen for you. Maybe you’re a parent of a teen or young adult with ADHD or autism. You see them struggle in school, friendships, & the transition to adulthood. You’re concerned they may be too isolated, spending time in their room on their devices. Sometimes things get heated and they struggle with strong emotions. You want to help them, but you’re not sure how
I’m Angie, a Clinical Psychologist with years of experience supporting teens & adults with ADHD & Autism.
Let’s be honest. You’re not happy with your life. You feel alone, like an outcast, and not welcomed by others. Despite your efforts, nothing has been able to change and you’re not sure why. It hurts. You’re tired of feeling rejected and waiting for the good stuff of life to happen for you. Maybe you’re a parent of a teen or young adult with ADHD or autism. You see them struggle in school, friendships, & the transition to adulthood. You’re concerned they may be too isolated, spending time in their room on their devices. Sometimes things get heated and they struggle with strong emotions. You want to help them, but you’re not sure how
(775) 533-0668 View (775) 533-0668
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Donnica Conway-Strawder
BCBA, LBA, CMAC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
My focus is autism and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addictions.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. It helps us understand how behavior works, how it affects the environment, and how learning occurs. ABA is an intervention that works across all ages and disciplines. My passion for ABA comes from seeing its success with my child, now an adult with autism. He is my purpose in this journey. Using visual data analysis, evidence-based assessments, and interventions, I can help you create focused and comprehensive goals such as social skills, self-management, and other impactful behavior to solve real problems and develop lifelong abilities.
My focus is autism and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addictions.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. It helps us understand how behavior works, how it affects the environment, and how learning occurs. ABA is an intervention that works across all ages and disciplines. My passion for ABA comes from seeing its success with my child, now an adult with autism. He is my purpose in this journey. Using visual data analysis, evidence-based assessments, and interventions, I can help you create focused and comprehensive goals such as social skills, self-management, and other impactful behavior to solve real problems and develop lifelong abilities.
(770) 762-5057 View (770) 762-5057
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Amber Jager
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89128
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life adjustments, ADHD, autism, and a few others.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cappella in 2014. I have 15+ years’ experience in mental health working in various settings through my career as a therapist including group homes, shelters, schools, in homes, and in an outpatient setting. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults on an individual basis.
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life adjustments, ADHD, autism, and a few others.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cappella in 2014. I have 15+ years’ experience in mental health working in various settings through my career as a therapist including group homes, shelters, schools, in homes, and in an outpatient setting. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults on an individual basis.
(725) 237-5069 View (725) 237-5069
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Morgan Gorst
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” [― bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism.] In my practice, I follow a humanistic and client-centered approach. I am currently working towards certification in EMDR, and strive to be trauma-informed and social-justice oriented. My focus is in depression, anxiety, disordered eating, LGBT+ issues, ADHD, Autism, and I work with adults, adolescents, and occasionally children on a case-by-case basis.
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” [― bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism.] In my practice, I follow a humanistic and client-centered approach. I am currently working towards certification in EMDR, and strive to be trauma-informed and social-justice oriented. My focus is in depression, anxiety, disordered eating, LGBT+ issues, ADHD, Autism, and I work with adults, adolescents, and occasionally children on a case-by-case basis.
(725) 208-1053 View (725) 208-1053
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Bryan Valladares
LPC Intern, MS
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Bryan has experience with children and teens. Our practice focuses on helping children with anxiety, behavioral difficulties, attention deficit, depression and Autism Spectrum disorder. Sessions are conducted in English and Spanish to accommodate our client's needs.
Bryan has experience with children and teens. Our practice focuses on helping children with anxiety, behavioral difficulties, attention deficit, depression and Autism Spectrum disorder. Sessions are conducted in English and Spanish to accommodate our client's needs.
(702) 718-6917 View (702) 718-6917
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Reaching for the Sky ABA
MA, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
We offer in center Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children on the autism spectrum and other behavioral or developmental disabilities. Our center provides an individualized program tailored to our client's needs in a school like environment with opportunities to teach across all deficit areas including social skills, communication, self-care, motor skills, replacement behaviors and maladaptive behavior reduction. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide ongoing evaluations and trainings for direct staff members (Registered Behavior Technicians) and caregivers. We believe collaboration is essential for the well being of all of our clients.
We offer in center Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children on the autism spectrum and other behavioral or developmental disabilities. Our center provides an individualized program tailored to our client's needs in a school like environment with opportunities to teach across all deficit areas including social skills, communication, self-care, motor skills, replacement behaviors and maladaptive behavior reduction. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide ongoing evaluations and trainings for direct staff members (Registered Behavior Technicians) and caregivers. We believe collaboration is essential for the well being of all of our clients.
(702) 329-0125 View (702) 329-0125
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Ivan Hronek
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
I evaluate conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's, ADHD, Learning Disorders, Language Disorders, behavioral issues, mood issues, giftedness, and many more.
Culturally-competent neuropsychological and psychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, and young adults. I am excited to share with you that my practice now also provides psychological therapy. Please find additional information about my services on my website: www.silverstatepsychology.com
I evaluate conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's, ADHD, Learning Disorders, Language Disorders, behavioral issues, mood issues, giftedness, and many more.
Culturally-competent neuropsychological and psychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, and young adults. I am excited to share with you that my practice now also provides psychological therapy. Please find additional information about my services on my website: www.silverstatepsychology.com
(702) 625-7409 View (702) 625-7409
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Amanda Pavia
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89134
I am pursuing my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I have experience with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. I work well with any age and gender identity. I have an interest in counseling couples and individuals experiencing relationship issues. I also have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.
I am pursuing my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I have experience with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. I work well with any age and gender identity. I have an interest in counseling couples and individuals experiencing relationship issues. I also have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.
(725) 900-8633 View (725) 900-8633
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Shelby Armstrong
Pre-Licensed Professional, Student
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89144
I have experience working with autism and individuals with addictions.
Life is hard! As a dedicated and compassionate graduate-level student in Marriage and Family Therapy, I am passionate about helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of life and modern relationships. I focus on the unique dynamics of blended families, inter-racial relationships, alternative lifestyles, life transitions and neuro-divergency. I empower individuals with the tools to create change and build a strong foundation for success; resulting in positive relationships and harmonious environments.
I have experience working with autism and individuals with addictions.
Life is hard! As a dedicated and compassionate graduate-level student in Marriage and Family Therapy, I am passionate about helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of life and modern relationships. I focus on the unique dynamics of blended families, inter-racial relationships, alternative lifestyles, life transitions and neuro-divergency. I empower individuals with the tools to create change and build a strong foundation for success; resulting in positive relationships and harmonious environments.
(702) 620-5825 View (702) 620-5825
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Robyn Taube
LPC Intern, LPC-I, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Children and adults alike experience unforeseen setbacks and barriers. I want to help children and adults succeed in their goals in life while learning coping mechanisms in a supportive, trusted environment. I have over ten years experience with school aged children and their families. I have worked with children affected by Autism, ADHD, and social/emotional issues. I work with adults going through issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, divorce, co-parenting and grief.
Children and adults alike experience unforeseen setbacks and barriers. I want to help children and adults succeed in their goals in life while learning coping mechanisms in a supportive, trusted environment. I have over ten years experience with school aged children and their families. I have worked with children affected by Autism, ADHD, and social/emotional issues. I work with adults going through issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, divorce, co-parenting and grief.
(725) 999-4552 View (725) 999-4552
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Dr. Sandra Leon-Villa
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89146
León-Villa additionally specializes in bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally informed psychological and neuropsychological testing of conditions including Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), ADHD, learning disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and in diagnostic clarity/differential diagnosis.
Dr. Sandra León-Villa is a first gen, daughter of immigrants, Autistic Xicana, Activist, Speaker, Liberation Psychologist. Her work primarily focuses on the treatment of trauma, BIPOC mental health, and first generation BIPOC career professionals. She has been in the mental health field for 15 years working directly with trauma survivors and is a survivor herself. Dr. León-Villa published her research study, Exploring Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse in 2018. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and TF-CBT.
León-Villa additionally specializes in bilingual (English/Spanish) and culturally informed psychological and neuropsychological testing of conditions including Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), ADHD, learning disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and in diagnostic clarity/differential diagnosis.
Dr. Sandra León-Villa is a first gen, daughter of immigrants, Autistic Xicana, Activist, Speaker, Liberation Psychologist. Her work primarily focuses on the treatment of trauma, BIPOC mental health, and first generation BIPOC career professionals. She has been in the mental health field for 15 years working directly with trauma survivors and is a survivor herself. Dr. León-Villa published her research study, Exploring Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse in 2018. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and TF-CBT.
(702) 872-3442 View (702) 872-3442
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Lauren Blank
LPC Intern, MA, CPC-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I completed my clinical internship working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring diagnoses focusing on developing social and behavioral competencies to cultivate relational skills.
I utilize an integrative approach when counseling, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, and Behavioral approaches, tailoring the counseling experience to meet the unique needs of each individual. Though these are the theoretical orientations I align with, it is important to me that you feel understood and supported in our time together.
I completed my clinical internship working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring diagnoses focusing on developing social and behavioral competencies to cultivate relational skills.
I utilize an integrative approach when counseling, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, and Behavioral approaches, tailoring the counseling experience to meet the unique needs of each individual. Though these are the theoretical orientations I align with, it is important to me that you feel understood and supported in our time together.
(702) 766-5006 View (702) 766-5006
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Bethany Schlinger
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89157
Frequent diagnoses I treat include depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, family dynamics and conflict, anger management/behavioral intervention systems, trauma, grief, High Functioning Autism and social/emotional difficulties.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! TELEHEALTH SESSIONS AVAILABLE! I enjoy helping people to problem-solve, strategize, and set great goals. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nevada since 2004, and I have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Psychologist in Nevada. I primarily provide Cognitive, Diagnostic, Psychological and Psychoeducational testing to children and adults. I also provide individual therapy only on a cash pay basis, or through straight FFS Medicaid, when my schedule allows.
Frequent diagnoses I treat include depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, family dynamics and conflict, anger management/behavioral intervention systems, trauma, grief, High Functioning Autism and social/emotional difficulties.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! TELEHEALTH SESSIONS AVAILABLE! I enjoy helping people to problem-solve, strategize, and set great goals. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nevada since 2004, and I have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Psychologist in Nevada. I primarily provide Cognitive, Diagnostic, Psychological and Psychoeducational testing to children and adults. I also provide individual therapy only on a cash pay basis, or through straight FFS Medicaid, when my schedule allows.
(702) 997-9177 View (702) 997-9177

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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.