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.

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.

THERAPIES EXPLAINED

INTENSIVE APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS (ABA)

Also referred to as Early Intervention, Intensive ABA refers most often to therapies that focus on verbal skills & behavior. These therapies are usually in the family home, for more than 20 hours per week. This type of therapy usually is recommended for children severely impacted by autism.

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MEDICAL THERAPY OPTIONS

Some families have found positive results with biomedical therapies, either alone or in conjunction with ABA. Some medical – based therapies might include nutritional supplementation, acupressure, speech therapy, diet modification, or hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy.

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NON-INTENSIVE APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS (ABA)

Non-intensive ABA tends to focus on social skills and real-world situations. This type of ABA therapy is often recommended for children with a higher level of function on the autism spectrum. Non-intensive ABA may take place in the home or a clinic, and usually last 20 hours a week, or less.

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ALTERNATIVE / SENSORY THERAPIES

Therapy can come in many different forms. Yoga, music, animal or horse therapy, occupational and physical therapy, massage… the list goes on and on. We’ll share what we know of these methods, and others.

                                                              

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