Autism Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Levana Slabodnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43209  (Online Only)
There are so many of us who have felt like outsiders our entire lives, pretending to be someone else to fit in. It might be because of Neurodivergence (ADHD, Autism, CPTSD), or your body size or the traumas that have lead you to feel that no one would understand or accept who you really are. The truth is that changing to fit in isn't the solution. You deserve to accept who you are right now. You can learn more supportive ways of coping or communicating, but the essence of who you are is worthy and deserving of love.
There are so many of us who have felt like outsiders our entire lives, pretending to be someone else to fit in. It might be because of Neurodivergence (ADHD, Autism, CPTSD), or your body size or the traumas that have lead you to feel that no one would understand or accept who you really are. The truth is that changing to fit in isn't the solution. You deserve to accept who you are right now. You can learn more supportive ways of coping or communicating, but the essence of who you are is worthy and deserving of love.
(614) 705-2758 View (614) 705-2758
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Danielle Maas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235
With over 10 years of clinical experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I have helped countless clients overcome challenges related to depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, stress management and emotion regulation. My training includes a level 2 certification in RO-DBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), an innovative form of DBT that focuses on building client’s self-compassion and emotional connections with others.
With over 10 years of clinical experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I have helped countless clients overcome challenges related to depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, stress management and emotion regulation. My training includes a level 2 certification in RO-DBT (Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), an innovative form of DBT that focuses on building client’s self-compassion and emotional connections with others.
(614) 796-4235 View (614) 796-4235
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Casey Stockett
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
I have worked with children and adolescents who are on the Autism Spectrum for several years, including those who are non-verbal.
Offering coaching services. No longer put your life on hold due to your negative thinking. I can help you overcome your challenges and help you develop support and skills. Need help with your relationships, Autism/Asperger's, education, and career challenges? What if you can gain the confidence of knowing you can improve your future? Or develop better social interactions with others so you can have long-lasting relationships? Or have the skills to be able to connect with your significant other so they can understand where both of you are coming from? With my years of experience in coaching people, I can help you!
I have worked with children and adolescents who are on the Autism Spectrum for several years, including those who are non-verbal.
Offering coaching services. No longer put your life on hold due to your negative thinking. I can help you overcome your challenges and help you develop support and skills. Need help with your relationships, Autism/Asperger's, education, and career challenges? What if you can gain the confidence of knowing you can improve your future? Or develop better social interactions with others so you can have long-lasting relationships? Or have the skills to be able to connect with your significant other so they can understand where both of you are coming from? With my years of experience in coaching people, I can help you!
(234) 218-4503 View (234) 218-4503
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Psychological & Academic Consulting & Evaluation
MEd, EdS
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43214
Are you wondering if your child has a learning disability? Are you an adult struggling in college due to suspected ADHD, autism, or a learning disability and need help getting accommodations? Are you caring for a dependent child or adult who needs a psychoeducational evaluation to secure school or County services? We can help.
Ms. Griffith is a Board Licensed School Psychologist conducting private practice in the Columbus, Ohio area with over 15 years of experience in public schools. Ms. Griffith provides thorough and skilled independent psychoeducational evaluations for children (ages 3 and up) and adults with learning differences. Assessments include IQ testing, achievement, adaptive behavior, social-emotional status, ADHD, executive function, and autism to find the source of your or your dependent's challenges. We offer assistance with special education in PreK-12 schools, 504s, and accommodations for College Board exams and college courses.
Are you wondering if your child has a learning disability? Are you an adult struggling in college due to suspected ADHD, autism, or a learning disability and need help getting accommodations? Are you caring for a dependent child or adult who needs a psychoeducational evaluation to secure school or County services? We can help.
Ms. Griffith is a Board Licensed School Psychologist conducting private practice in the Columbus, Ohio area with over 15 years of experience in public schools. Ms. Griffith provides thorough and skilled independent psychoeducational evaluations for children (ages 3 and up) and adults with learning differences. Assessments include IQ testing, achievement, adaptive behavior, social-emotional status, ADHD, executive function, and autism to find the source of your or your dependent's challenges. We offer assistance with special education in PreK-12 schools, 504s, and accommodations for College Board exams and college courses.
(614) 656-3527 View (614) 656-3527
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Ryan Van Pelt
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43221
Specializing in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and substance abuse.
Sometimes life is hard and sometimes life hurts, but there is always hope. Pain, loss, and suffering are real. I am willing to meet you where you are, to take the time to come along side you, and I am willing to help. Every client is different, and there is no single way to help everyone. That is why I take the time to listen to your story. I utilize clinically proven solution-focused therapies and cognitive behavioral therapies to help clients heal.
Specializing in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and substance abuse.
Sometimes life is hard and sometimes life hurts, but there is always hope. Pain, loss, and suffering are real. I am willing to meet you where you are, to take the time to come along side you, and I am willing to help. Every client is different, and there is no single way to help everyone. That is why I take the time to listen to your story. I utilize clinically proven solution-focused therapies and cognitive behavioral therapies to help clients heal.
(614) 705-0548 View (614) 705-0548
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Autism Spectrum Evaluation Clinic
Counselor
Not Verified Not Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43201  (Online Only)
The Autism Spectrum Evaluation Clinic of A Child and Family Psychiatry in Gahanna, Ohio is accepting appointments for children, teens, and adults who need an evaluation for autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Evaluations are conducted on weekends; they are comprehensive and take several hours to complete. The tasks can be broken up across two days if necessary, depending on the needs of the person being evaluated. Most appointments can be accommodated within 4 weeks, with a final report expected 2 weeks following the evaluation.
The Autism Spectrum Evaluation Clinic of A Child and Family Psychiatry in Gahanna, Ohio is accepting appointments for children, teens, and adults who need an evaluation for autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Evaluations are conducted on weekends; they are comprehensive and take several hours to complete. The tasks can be broken up across two days if necessary, depending on the needs of the person being evaluated. Most appointments can be accommodated within 4 weeks, with a final report expected 2 weeks following the evaluation.
(614) 328-5453 View (614) 328-5453
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Riley Murphy
Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
My specialties include navigating neurodivergent, transgender, and queer identities, as well as tackling issues related to autism and ADHD. Existing in a neurotypical, cishetero world, you likely feel pressure to be a certain way or meet certain expectations. As a result, you may be carrying feelings of shame, depression, anxiety, or self-hatred. Celebrating who you are or feeling pride or confidence might feel out of reach. I work with people to explore these sorts of problems and to create room for joy, celebration, and pride.
My specialties include navigating neurodivergent, transgender, and queer identities, as well as tackling issues related to autism and ADHD. Existing in a neurotypical, cishetero world, you likely feel pressure to be a certain way or meet certain expectations. As a result, you may be carrying feelings of shame, depression, anxiety, or self-hatred. Celebrating who you are or feeling pride or confidence might feel out of reach. I work with people to explore these sorts of problems and to create room for joy, celebration, and pride.
(513) 951-7307 View (513) 951-7307
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Emily Harstine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, ACDCS, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085
I have really found myself drawn to working ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (including late diagnosed), and several Trauma-Informed modalities.
Hello! I have been working in mental health for 15 years. I specialize in working with individuals of all ages, with special interest and care given to neurodivergence, trauma work, generational trauma/relational concerns and somatic work.
I have really found myself drawn to working ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (including late diagnosed), and several Trauma-Informed modalities.
Hello! I have been working in mental health for 15 years. I specialize in working with individuals of all ages, with special interest and care given to neurodivergence, trauma work, generational trauma/relational concerns and somatic work.
(419) 504-4451 View (419) 504-4451
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Christopher DeFranco
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43201  (Online Only)
Christopher specializes in working with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of life's stressors that include, but are not limited to: LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, grief, anger management, impulsivity, chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. He has over 10 years of clinical experience from a wide variety of settings that includes schools, research clinics, inpatient and residential treatment, and outpatient private practice. He also has extensive experience working with PTSD, gender dysphoria, and individuals on the autism spectrum.
Christopher specializes in working with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of life's stressors that include, but are not limited to: LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, grief, anger management, impulsivity, chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. He has over 10 years of clinical experience from a wide variety of settings that includes schools, research clinics, inpatient and residential treatment, and outpatient private practice. He also has extensive experience working with PTSD, gender dysphoria, and individuals on the autism spectrum.
(512) 722-7342 View (512) 722-7342
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Emily Roney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger? Know first that you are not alone. Everyone experiences many different emotions throughout the lifespan, and at many different times. At Tranquil Mind Therapeutics, I strive to help you identify your emotions, pinpoint possible solutions, help you identify new ways of coping, and offer a listening ear and open heart. If you've ever felt emotionally drained- then therapy will suit you well. I have experience working with many different populations, ages, and diagnoses. I have a specialty in working with the autism community, neurodivergence, and parents.
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger? Know first that you are not alone. Everyone experiences many different emotions throughout the lifespan, and at many different times. At Tranquil Mind Therapeutics, I strive to help you identify your emotions, pinpoint possible solutions, help you identify new ways of coping, and offer a listening ear and open heart. If you've ever felt emotionally drained- then therapy will suit you well. I have experience working with many different populations, ages, and diagnoses. I have a specialty in working with the autism community, neurodivergence, and parents.
(614) 660-5673 View (614) 660-5673
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Galperin Autism Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I love people on the Autism Spectrum and value them for who they are. My goal is to help them becomes as independent, happy, and healthy as possible. I see Autism and its strengths as something to be cherished, not something to be "fixed." I also love supporting the people who guide persons with Autism and want them to feel as though they are supported as well.
I love people on the Autism Spectrum and value them for who they are. My goal is to help them becomes as independent, happy, and healthy as possible. I see Autism and its strengths as something to be cherished, not something to be "fixed." I also love supporting the people who guide persons with Autism and want them to feel as though they are supported as well.
(513) 494-8762 View (513) 494-8762
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Morgan Stohlman
Counselor, MA, LPCC, CASDCS
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43203  (Online Only)
You’ve done research and more research. You know a lot about Autism, ADHD, and neurodivergence. You know that it can go undiagnosed while it wreaks havoc in your life. You feel like you're only functioning at half capacity, and you're struggling to know who you are. Everything is exhausting and feels like it is "too much." Maybe you are neurodivergent? Maybe there is a reason why life seems so much harder for you lately. Maybe there is hope. Hope that a diagnosis and proper support could help you cope, communicate, and come to terms with your neurodivergence. You’re ready for a change. It is time for your ENCORE.
You’ve done research and more research. You know a lot about Autism, ADHD, and neurodivergence. You know that it can go undiagnosed while it wreaks havoc in your life. You feel like you're only functioning at half capacity, and you're struggling to know who you are. Everything is exhausting and feels like it is "too much." Maybe you are neurodivergent? Maybe there is a reason why life seems so much harder for you lately. Maybe there is hope. Hope that a diagnosis and proper support could help you cope, communicate, and come to terms with your neurodivergence. You’re ready for a change. It is time for your ENCORE.
(330) 422-6940 View (330) 422-6940
Andrew Colvin
Psychologist, PSY
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235
I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, working with children, adolescents, and adults. If you or your child are having academic or work challenges, or if you suspect a learning disability, I can provide you with a comprehensive assessment that will give you a profile of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and a diagnosis when appropriate. My comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can be used to define the effects of behavioral and psychological concerns (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum, anxiety, depression), or of neurological illnesses and injuries (e.g., head injuries, effects of prematurity, Tourette's Syndrome) on each client's processing.
I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, working with children, adolescents, and adults. If you or your child are having academic or work challenges, or if you suspect a learning disability, I can provide you with a comprehensive assessment that will give you a profile of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and a diagnosis when appropriate. My comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can be used to define the effects of behavioral and psychological concerns (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum, anxiety, depression), or of neurological illnesses and injuries (e.g., head injuries, effects of prematurity, Tourette's Syndrome) on each client's processing.
(614) 796-4093 View (614) 796-4093
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Courageous Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Most of my adult practice includes: sexual trauma, trauma/PTDS, stress, anxiety, depression, body image, relationship/family issues, grief, parenting struggles, and substance addiction, and Autism.
Hello! I am so glad you are here! You are courageous for taking the first step on improving your life! My approach to therapy is reflective of a Strengths Based model and is client centered. You know your story best! I develop solution focused goals with my clients and prioritize what they feel is most important in developing a treatment plan. Some therapies I use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and IFS and Christian counseling. My goal is to offer interventions to allow you to be the best version of yourself. You are the author of your story!
Most of my adult practice includes: sexual trauma, trauma/PTDS, stress, anxiety, depression, body image, relationship/family issues, grief, parenting struggles, and substance addiction, and Autism.
Hello! I am so glad you are here! You are courageous for taking the first step on improving your life! My approach to therapy is reflective of a Strengths Based model and is client centered. You know your story best! I develop solution focused goals with my clients and prioritize what they feel is most important in developing a treatment plan. Some therapies I use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and IFS and Christian counseling. My goal is to offer interventions to allow you to be the best version of yourself. You are the author of your story!
(380) 201-9674 View (380) 201-9674
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Denton Warburton
EdS, MA, NCSP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235
Being a kid is no easy feat! As a School Psychologist, I work to create a partnership that addresses challenges, and differences and helps teach new skills. I provide comprehensive evaluations for diagnostic clarity related to Autism, ADHD, Giftedness, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression. In addition to assessment, I provide individual counseling for children experiencing anxiety, difficulties with impulse control, social skills, and executive functioning challenges. I also partner with parents for behavior support, especially for toddlers and kids. I am a fierce advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth and their families.
Being a kid is no easy feat! As a School Psychologist, I work to create a partnership that addresses challenges, and differences and helps teach new skills. I provide comprehensive evaluations for diagnostic clarity related to Autism, ADHD, Giftedness, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression. In addition to assessment, I provide individual counseling for children experiencing anxiety, difficulties with impulse control, social skills, and executive functioning challenges. I also partner with parents for behavior support, especially for toddlers and kids. I am a fierce advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth and their families.
(380) 205-2567 View (380) 205-2567
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Tee R. Elder
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Tee has experience working with clients as young as four years old with an amalgamation of diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, Bipolar disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and more.
Tee is passionate about mental health and all clients are her ideal client. Tee truly believes in total wellness and has other passions in social justice, advocacy, and serving my community to promote the wellbeing of her clients. Tee likes to integrate various theories such as CBT, solutions focused, motivational interviewing, play therapy, and has an EMDR in Color certification; loving all things trauma.
Tee has experience working with clients as young as four years old with an amalgamation of diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, Bipolar disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and more.
Tee is passionate about mental health and all clients are her ideal client. Tee truly believes in total wellness and has other passions in social justice, advocacy, and serving my community to promote the wellbeing of her clients. Tee likes to integrate various theories such as CBT, solutions focused, motivational interviewing, play therapy, and has an EMDR in Color certification; loving all things trauma.
(614) 820-8014 View (614) 820-8014
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Resilient Children and Families
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43232
Typically, this encompasses conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD.
Hello and good day. My name is Dr. Mason and I am a child clinical psychologist. Parents and caregivers, if you have concerns related to your child's development in areas of cognition, language, learning, behavior, social, or emotional functioning, I am here to help. Examples may include problems with achieving early developmental milestones such as a child verbalizing his or her first words, difficulties with understanding and processing abstract information, or challenges with behavior and/or learning at school. I am here to assist you by offering assessment, testing, and treatment recommendations for your child and family.
Typically, this encompasses conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD.
Hello and good day. My name is Dr. Mason and I am a child clinical psychologist. Parents and caregivers, if you have concerns related to your child's development in areas of cognition, language, learning, behavior, social, or emotional functioning, I am here to help. Examples may include problems with achieving early developmental milestones such as a child verbalizing his or her first words, difficulties with understanding and processing abstract information, or challenges with behavior and/or learning at school. I am here to assist you by offering assessment, testing, and treatment recommendations for your child and family.
(614) 810-4019 View (614) 810-4019
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Matthew Escano
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, various forms of addiction, autism, & more. Are your goals oriented towards reducing maladaptive symptoms, identifying the behaviors you wish to engage in, being the person you want to be, and, ultimately, the life you aspire to live? Do you desire change and growth & are willing to put the necessary effort in? As your counselor, I do not effect change; that responsibility belongs to you. I aim to empower you to recognize your innate strengths, develop them further, and effectively use them towards your goals in life.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, various forms of addiction, autism, & more. Are your goals oriented towards reducing maladaptive symptoms, identifying the behaviors you wish to engage in, being the person you want to be, and, ultimately, the life you aspire to live? Do you desire change and growth & are willing to put the necessary effort in? As your counselor, I do not effect change; that responsibility belongs to you. I aim to empower you to recognize your innate strengths, develop them further, and effectively use them towards your goals in life.
(380) 205-2842 View (380) 205-2842
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Lisa Koss
Counselor, LPCC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43224  (Online Only)
Did you recently receive an Autism or ADHD diagnosis, or you suspect you may be Autistic, and are seeking help to navigate the “what’s next”, regulate, or cope with emotion? Have you been experiencing burnout? Do you have a history of anxiety or trauma which you have been unable to process in healthy ways? I work with Autistic and Allistic adults & think outside the box through innovative ways, which may include art, music, & writing, to help you on your path. I am Neurodivergent affirming. I provide teletherapy from the comfort of your home. My clients describe me as relatable, quirky, safe, open and easy to to be themselves with.
Did you recently receive an Autism or ADHD diagnosis, or you suspect you may be Autistic, and are seeking help to navigate the “what’s next”, regulate, or cope with emotion? Have you been experiencing burnout? Do you have a history of anxiety or trauma which you have been unable to process in healthy ways? I work with Autistic and Allistic adults & think outside the box through innovative ways, which may include art, music, & writing, to help you on your path. I am Neurodivergent affirming. I provide teletherapy from the comfort of your home. My clients describe me as relatable, quirky, safe, open and easy to to be themselves with.
(614) 953-6077 View (614) 953-6077
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Dr. Bowen Marshall
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor , MA, LPCC-S, PhD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, trauma, grief, and chronic illness.
I believe that everyone has an innate ability to move towards growth, healing, and fulfillment. I approach therapy from a perspective learning and believe that the more we learn about ourselves, the better able we are to make choices about how we want to move forward in life. I use an integrative framework to address each client’s individual needs. I work from a trauma informed lens and use interventions from existential, Attachment Theory, Gottman, ACT, IPT, and EFT.
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria, trauma, grief, and chronic illness.
I believe that everyone has an innate ability to move towards growth, healing, and fulfillment. I approach therapy from a perspective learning and believe that the more we learn about ourselves, the better able we are to make choices about how we want to move forward in life. I use an integrative framework to address each client’s individual needs. I work from a trauma informed lens and use interventions from existential, Attachment Theory, Gottman, ACT, IPT, and EFT.
(380) 221-7373 View (380) 221-7373
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.