Welcome to the world of therapy!
From behavior interventions to nutritional supplements - we’ve broken them down for you. When possible, we’ll also share a video to show the different therapies in action.
A few important notes before we get started:
- Many families find that their children benefit the most from a combination of these therapies. Get informed about what each of the different types involve and start forming a sense of what you feel your child might benefit the most from. This helps a lot when talking with service providers, as you’ll know what you’re looking for.
- Not all service providers offer the same types of therapies. Each tends to have its own specialty. If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to find what you need and it’s also easier to recognize if you’re being misunderstood.
- Remember that you, as a parent, are the foremost global expert when it comes to your child. When something isn’t a good fit for what you think your child needs - ask questions, or simply disagree and seek services elsewhere.
- Very few hit the center of the dartboard their first throw. If you try one type of therapy and you don’t feel that it’s been fruitful, try something else. This is a journey!
Regardless of the therapy(s) you choose, don’t delay. Especially with young children, getting started as soon as possible increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.
We will not be offering names or information about any service providers here. While they are obviously an important piece to treating children with autism spectrum disorders, selecting the right provider that meets your child’s needs is very personal. We recommend that once you have a sense of the therapies you’d like to pursue that you seek out recommendations or referrals from your health insurance customer service department, from support groups, or the local Autism Society Chapter website (they often have a service provider directory available online).
Our role is to inform you of the differences so you can form your own opinions and make your own choices.