Autism Therapists in Vancouver, WA

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Ashley Taylor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98683
Dr. Taylor and her team at Wonder Tree Developmental Psychology integrate creativity, fun, and compassion into their work. We specialize in providing comprehensive, thoughtful, and trauma-informed services for children, teens, and adults including maternal/paternal mental health and support for pregnant and parenting families. We are able to provide thorough psychological, psycho-educational and trauma-informed evaluations to assess for ADHD, learning disabilities, trauma, attachment, autism, selective mutism, and more. We work collaboratively with parents, children, and teachers as needed.
Dr. Taylor and her team at Wonder Tree Developmental Psychology integrate creativity, fun, and compassion into their work. We specialize in providing comprehensive, thoughtful, and trauma-informed services for children, teens, and adults including maternal/paternal mental health and support for pregnant and parenting families. We are able to provide thorough psychological, psycho-educational and trauma-informed evaluations to assess for ADHD, learning disabilities, trauma, attachment, autism, selective mutism, and more. We work collaboratively with parents, children, and teachers as needed.
(360) 564-5082 View (360) 564-5082
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Lindy Treece
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98683
I specialize in everything neurodiversity-related. Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more! We exist in a diverse world with a variety of races, genders, cultures, etc, so why not brains? My clients are people who have grown up always feeling different, whether they knew of their neurodivergence from a young age or are just now navigating a late diagnosis. Neurodivergent people often experience a variety of other conditions (anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.) that are closely intertwined and may be a consequence of living in a world that wasn't built for us and our needs. Yes, I say "us"! I'm autistic!
I specialize in everything neurodiversity-related. Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more! We exist in a diverse world with a variety of races, genders, cultures, etc, so why not brains? My clients are people who have grown up always feeling different, whether they knew of their neurodivergence from a young age or are just now navigating a late diagnosis. Neurodivergent people often experience a variety of other conditions (anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.) that are closely intertwined and may be a consequence of living in a world that wasn't built for us and our needs. Yes, I say "us"! I'm autistic!
(360) 996-1125 View (360) 996-1125
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Dr. Anson L Service
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, PsyD, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98665
Specializing in ADHD and Autism assessment, especially being able to recognize ASD and ADHD in adults, Dr. Anson Service and his team are expert in the area of Autism and ADHD with short wait times. With over 13 years of experience working professionally with neurodivergent individuals, he and his team are committed to treating clients with unconditional positive regard, and respect to get to the source of the issues quickly. No judgement. No "know-it-all-ism". No weirdness. Our assessments are designed to be brief and thorough, without anxiety or fear. We get it.
Specializing in ADHD and Autism assessment, especially being able to recognize ASD and ADHD in adults, Dr. Anson Service and his team are expert in the area of Autism and ADHD with short wait times. With over 13 years of experience working professionally with neurodivergent individuals, he and his team are committed to treating clients with unconditional positive regard, and respect to get to the source of the issues quickly. No judgement. No "know-it-all-ism". No weirdness. Our assessments are designed to be brief and thorough, without anxiety or fear. We get it.
(360) 979-1613 View (360) 979-1613
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Courtney Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LMHC, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98684
Always feeling inadequate from your drive to be perfect? Perfectionism comes with feeling uneasy when making mistakes, high expectations, self-criticism, and good enough is unacceptable. Thinking that being perfect will lead to a happier life usually lends to finding an unfulfilled life. Growth transpires when you let go of holding yourself to the unattainable standards. I specialize in helping clients starting at age 8 to adult struggling with perfectionism, anxiety, Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, spirituality development, behavioral issues, LGBTQIA support, and relationship issues.
Always feeling inadequate from your drive to be perfect? Perfectionism comes with feeling uneasy when making mistakes, high expectations, self-criticism, and good enough is unacceptable. Thinking that being perfect will lead to a happier life usually lends to finding an unfulfilled life. Growth transpires when you let go of holding yourself to the unattainable standards. I specialize in helping clients starting at age 8 to adult struggling with perfectionism, anxiety, Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, spirituality development, behavioral issues, LGBTQIA support, and relationship issues.
(360) 230-5632 View (360) 230-5632
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Melissa Cantwell
Counselor, MA Ed, LHMCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98663
Not accepting new clients
I’m a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate at A Better Way Counseling. This is a second career for me. I have spent the last 18 years in the world of public education with a master's degree in Special Education. The majority of my career has been spent supporting families and their children through the education system with the resources they need to succeed. I have worked with children ages 3-21 with a wide variety of disabilities such as autism, ADHD, visual impairments, dyslexia, communication disorders, anxiety, depression, and more.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate at A Better Way Counseling. This is a second career for me. I have spent the last 18 years in the world of public education with a master's degree in Special Education. The majority of my career has been spent supporting families and their children through the education system with the resources they need to succeed. I have worked with children ages 3-21 with a wide variety of disabilities such as autism, ADHD, visual impairments, dyslexia, communication disorders, anxiety, depression, and more.
(360) 843-2108 View (360) 843-2108
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Sarah Griffin
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, QMHP
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98684  (Online Only)
I am experienced with non-traditional relationships, LGBTQIA+ & SOGI issues, mood disorders, Autism & ADHD, in children, teens, and adults.
What would it take to reach your full potential, emotionally, mentally, interpersonally, and vocationally? Maybe it is a small step, a change in perspective. Maybe there is more to unpack and process so that you can move forward in your life. Wherever your needs may fall, I can help facilitate your journey of change.
I am experienced with non-traditional relationships, LGBTQIA+ & SOGI issues, mood disorders, Autism & ADHD, in children, teens, and adults.
What would it take to reach your full potential, emotionally, mentally, interpersonally, and vocationally? Maybe it is a small step, a change in perspective. Maybe there is more to unpack and process so that you can move forward in your life. Wherever your needs may fall, I can help facilitate your journey of change.
(360) 548-7524 View (360) 548-7524
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Kristina Hargie
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98662
My specialty is with children 3-12 with ADHD, autism, anxiety, trauma, school issues, and IEP/504 plans.
Welcome! Being a parent can be difficult but also a joyful and memorable experience. I provide a safe, nurturing space for children 3-12 to develop skills for identifying, expressing, and managing big emotions. I believe that healing for children comes through the playful interaction as they process their feelings and experiences. Collaboration between children and parents is critical part of my approach as a provider. Often, a combination of family therapy sessions with and without child is recommended, to provide space for parents to learn and practice skills and strategies to use with their young child.
My specialty is with children 3-12 with ADHD, autism, anxiety, trauma, school issues, and IEP/504 plans.
Welcome! Being a parent can be difficult but also a joyful and memorable experience. I provide a safe, nurturing space for children 3-12 to develop skills for identifying, expressing, and managing big emotions. I believe that healing for children comes through the playful interaction as they process their feelings and experiences. Collaboration between children and parents is critical part of my approach as a provider. Often, a combination of family therapy sessions with and without child is recommended, to provide space for parents to learn and practice skills and strategies to use with their young child.
(360) 347-9740 View (360) 347-9740
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Aspire Behavioral Health, Michelle Newton
Counselor, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, QMHP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98662
I specialize in individual therapy; couples therapy; family therapy; ADHD, Aspergers, and Autism; Trauma & PTSD; anxiety; fear; depression; human sexuality & gender (LGBTQ); drug & alcohol.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". With over 18 years in the field, I am an experienced clinician. Challenges in your relationship as a couple, dealing with an explosive child or teenager, depression, anxiety, trauma, and struggling to have a healthier, happier relationship as a couple, family or individual? Here's where you can take your first step. There is hope and things can change. I am a down-to-earth therapist with a warm and caring nature. I provide an empathetic and safe place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment.
I specialize in individual therapy; couples therapy; family therapy; ADHD, Aspergers, and Autism; Trauma & PTSD; anxiety; fear; depression; human sexuality & gender (LGBTQ); drug & alcohol.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". With over 18 years in the field, I am an experienced clinician. Challenges in your relationship as a couple, dealing with an explosive child or teenager, depression, anxiety, trauma, and struggling to have a healthier, happier relationship as a couple, family or individual? Here's where you can take your first step. There is hope and things can change. I am a down-to-earth therapist with a warm and caring nature. I provide an empathetic and safe place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment.
(360) 633-2300 View (360) 633-2300
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Neha Christiaan
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98683
I have experience working with children (5+) along with their families, adults, and couples in a variety of settings, ranging from outpatient mental health in both community and private settings to day treatment programs for children and adolescents. My work focuses on the use of Collaborative Problem Solving as a therapeutic approach of communication and skills building. I enjoy working with clients struggling with communication, attachment, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health disorders, including those with comorbid diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, and Substance Use Disorders.
I have experience working with children (5+) along with their families, adults, and couples in a variety of settings, ranging from outpatient mental health in both community and private settings to day treatment programs for children and adolescents. My work focuses on the use of Collaborative Problem Solving as a therapeutic approach of communication and skills building. I enjoy working with clients struggling with communication, attachment, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health disorders, including those with comorbid diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, and Substance Use Disorders.
(360) 980-8087 View (360) 980-8087
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Finn Indigo Mar
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98661  (Online Only)
I am a Relational Art Therapist. I graduated from Antioch University - Seattle in 2020 and I have been in private practice since then. I have been working with older teens and adults who have mental and physical disabilities for over 13 years. I focus on empowering clients through a strength-based approach and existential theory. I specialize in working with transgender and non-binary individuals as well as the wider LGBTQIA+ community. I have experience working with adolescents and adults who identify as neuro-divergent (including ADHD) and/or on the Autism spectrum. I am a poly-friendly, body positive, and BDSM/kink knowledgeable.
I am a Relational Art Therapist. I graduated from Antioch University - Seattle in 2020 and I have been in private practice since then. I have been working with older teens and adults who have mental and physical disabilities for over 13 years. I focus on empowering clients through a strength-based approach and existential theory. I specialize in working with transgender and non-binary individuals as well as the wider LGBTQIA+ community. I have experience working with adolescents and adults who identify as neuro-divergent (including ADHD) and/or on the Autism spectrum. I am a poly-friendly, body positive, and BDSM/kink knowledgeable.
(206) 279-4609 View (206) 279-4609
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Julie Archer
Counselor, MS, NCC, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Vancouver, WA 98663  (Online Only)
If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step towards improving the quality of your life. Counseling is the process that evokes change through vulnerability, connection, openness, trust, and bringing your inner world into the light. Discovering your purpose, meaning, dysfunctional patterns of behavior and thoughts can alleviate the weight you are carrying around. I enjoy working with people who are dealing with relationship issues (of all kinds!), anxiety, life transitions, ADHD, attachment, depression, trauma, codependency, and negative self-talk. I am also increasing my knowledge around Ketamine and Autism.
If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step towards improving the quality of your life. Counseling is the process that evokes change through vulnerability, connection, openness, trust, and bringing your inner world into the light. Discovering your purpose, meaning, dysfunctional patterns of behavior and thoughts can alleviate the weight you are carrying around. I enjoy working with people who are dealing with relationship issues (of all kinds!), anxiety, life transitions, ADHD, attachment, depression, trauma, codependency, and negative self-talk. I am also increasing my knowledge around Ketamine and Autism.
(360) 787-9355 View (360) 787-9355
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Adventure Psychological Services - ASD Testing
Psychologist, PsyD, LMHC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98665
Our clinic provides licensed psychological therapy, counseling, and Autism assessments in a safe and comfortable environment.
Therapy and counseling play a vital role in promoting mental health and overall well-being. It provides a unique opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. By working with a trained therapist or counselor, individuals can develop healthier perspectives, and improve self-esteem. Therapy and counseling offer the guidance and tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges, improve mental health, and foster personal development. It is important that a therapist feels right to you and has the skills, education, and experience to best help you.
Our clinic provides licensed psychological therapy, counseling, and Autism assessments in a safe and comfortable environment.
Therapy and counseling play a vital role in promoting mental health and overall well-being. It provides a unique opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. By working with a trained therapist or counselor, individuals can develop healthier perspectives, and improve self-esteem. Therapy and counseling offer the guidance and tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges, improve mental health, and foster personal development. It is important that a therapist feels right to you and has the skills, education, and experience to best help you.
(360) 926-7393 View (360) 926-7393
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Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98660  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
For the past years, I've been focused on working with people who are on the Autism Spectrum and their loved ones.
I am Dr. Kathy Marshack, psychologist and author. My credentials go back decades including a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Psychology. I've trained with the best too. But as valuable as my education, training and experience are, I also know that each one of you is as unique and special as your fingerprints. I want to help you, so I'm offering Online Therapy for Oregon and Washington residents and Online Education appointments for various topics. Check my clinical website to make an appointment with me: www.kmarshack.com. I am not currrently taking new clinical clients at this time.
For the past years, I've been focused on working with people who are on the Autism Spectrum and their loved ones.
I am Dr. Kathy Marshack, psychologist and author. My credentials go back decades including a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Psychology. I've trained with the best too. But as valuable as my education, training and experience are, I also know that each one of you is as unique and special as your fingerprints. I want to help you, so I'm offering Online Therapy for Oregon and Washington residents and Online Education appointments for various topics. Check my clinical website to make an appointment with me: www.kmarshack.com. I am not currrently taking new clinical clients at this time.
(503) 966-4173 View (503) 966-4173
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Sharon Picard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98661
Although it's true that children are resilient, there are times when children and their families need focused support and therapy in order to move forward and reach emotional health and balance. I am a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist who uses cognitive-behavioral, play therapy, animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve better mental health. Having been licensed for sixteen years, I have worked extensively with children who present with anxiety, depression, a history of trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, grief issues, and behavioral concerns.
Although it's true that children are resilient, there are times when children and their families need focused support and therapy in order to move forward and reach emotional health and balance. I am a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist who uses cognitive-behavioral, play therapy, animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve better mental health. Having been licensed for sixteen years, I have worked extensively with children who present with anxiety, depression, a history of trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, grief issues, and behavioral concerns.
(808) 346-8101 View (808) 346-8101
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Lisa J Wittorff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98660  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am NOT currently accepting new clients. I am licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Are you trying to recover from childhood trauma? Or trying to adjust to the shock of being diagnosed with ADHD or Autism as an adult? Perhaps you're a parent of a child you just can't figure out how to parent because their needs are so great and unpredictable. Or maybe your child is telling you they are a girl, when they seemed to be a boy at birth? Some of my clients are struggling in their relationships because their partner is transitioning, or has a different type of brain that makes mutual communication hard. You've come to the right place!
I am NOT currently accepting new clients. I am licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Are you trying to recover from childhood trauma? Or trying to adjust to the shock of being diagnosed with ADHD or Autism as an adult? Perhaps you're a parent of a child you just can't figure out how to parent because their needs are so great and unpredictable. Or maybe your child is telling you they are a girl, when they seemed to be a boy at birth? Some of my clients are struggling in their relationships because their partner is transitioning, or has a different type of brain that makes mutual communication hard. You've come to the right place!
(503) 549-4916 View (503) 549-4916
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Katelynn Saunders-Kosta
Mental Health Counselor , LMHC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98682
As a dedicated telehealth provider specializing in mental health, I focus on helping clients manage Anxiety, ADHD, and high-functioning Autism.
As a mother of three and a wife, I have firsthand experience with family dynamics and ADHD, which informs my empathetic and personalized approach. I understand the complexities of balancing personal and professional life, and I am here to support you through this journey. As a licensed therapist specializing in DBT, I am dedicated to helping individuals navigate emotional challenges and build a life worth living. DBT is an evidence-based approach that combines CBT techniques with mindfulness practices, designed to address intense emotions, relationship difficulties, and behaviors that interfere with a fulfilling life.
As a dedicated telehealth provider specializing in mental health, I focus on helping clients manage Anxiety, ADHD, and high-functioning Autism.
As a mother of three and a wife, I have firsthand experience with family dynamics and ADHD, which informs my empathetic and personalized approach. I understand the complexities of balancing personal and professional life, and I am here to support you through this journey. As a licensed therapist specializing in DBT, I am dedicated to helping individuals navigate emotional challenges and build a life worth living. DBT is an evidence-based approach that combines CBT techniques with mindfulness practices, designed to address intense emotions, relationship difficulties, and behaviors that interfere with a fulfilling life.
(509) 778-7746 View (509) 778-7746
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Lacamas Counseling
Counselor
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98664
Lacamas Counseling is the central resource for mental health in Camas, WA. We have counselors & therapists trained in working with children, teens, young adults, older adults, couples, and families; and they specialize in treating mood disorders of depression and anxiety, bipolar, trauma, grief, life transitions, postpartum distress, anger and outbursts, neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, dyslexia), identity, work/life balance, and burnout.
Lacamas Counseling is the central resource for mental health in Camas, WA. We have counselors & therapists trained in working with children, teens, young adults, older adults, couples, and families; and they specialize in treating mood disorders of depression and anxiety, bipolar, trauma, grief, life transitions, postpartum distress, anger and outbursts, neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, dyslexia), identity, work/life balance, and burnout.
(360) 233-2543 View (360) 233-2543
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Matthew Monroe
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98682  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in helping individuals and couples with ADHD, high-functioning autism, Nice Guy & Nice Gal Syndrome, codependency, addiction, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. If you feel stuck and want to create new patterns in your life, let's talk. We can schedule a free 15-minute consult video call to chat about what you're looking for in therapy and to see if we'd be a good fit.
I specialize in helping individuals and couples with ADHD, high-functioning autism, Nice Guy & Nice Gal Syndrome, codependency, addiction, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. If you feel stuck and want to create new patterns in your life, let's talk. We can schedule a free 15-minute consult video call to chat about what you're looking for in therapy and to see if we'd be a good fit.
(509) 571-2790 View (509) 571-2790
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Chris Hansson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98684
Waitlist for new clients
New year, new you? It's time for a change: You are tired of the same issues and patterns popping up in times of stress (which seems to be all the time these days). Let's focus on the roadblocks in your life, and creating a plan to overcome them at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
New year, new you? It's time for a change: You are tired of the same issues and patterns popping up in times of stress (which seems to be all the time these days). Let's focus on the roadblocks in your life, and creating a plan to overcome them at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
(503) 966-4046 View (503) 966-4046
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Johanna Stacy
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98661
Accepting new clients. Have you ever experienced feeling unworthy or that your needs don't matter? Are you ever feeling frustrated or stuck for not being able to freely express your true self and emotions? My approach to counseling is holistic and eclectic. I incorporate techniques that are personalized to your unique needs in a gentle and compassionate way. I blend psychoanalytic, internal family systems, and interpersonal experiential frameworks, as well as EMDR. I provide 2slgbtqia+, kink, body, and poly affirming care.
Accepting new clients. Have you ever experienced feeling unworthy or that your needs don't matter? Are you ever feeling frustrated or stuck for not being able to freely express your true self and emotions? My approach to counseling is holistic and eclectic. I incorporate techniques that are personalized to your unique needs in a gentle and compassionate way. I blend psychoanalytic, internal family systems, and interpersonal experiential frameworks, as well as EMDR. I provide 2slgbtqia+, kink, body, and poly affirming care.
(360) 228-3801 View (360) 228-3801
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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.