Types of Autism Therapy
Autism therapy is an integral component of helping children with autism gain communication skills, improve their socialization skills with peers and family members, and reduce behavioral issues. There are various types of therapies available such as ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), speech therapy, and play-based therapy.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an intensive, evidence-based therapy for children with autism to help them develop social skills, language, and learning abilities. ABA uses positive reinforcement to teach new behaviors and decrease unwanted ones. It’s highly personalized; you can implement it at home, in the classroom, or out in the community.
Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention EIBI, otherwise known as “ABA for young children,” is a type of ABA designed specifically to address the needs of very young children with ASD. It involves providing one-on-one adult to child ratio in the early stages and using discrete trial training methods.
This therapy is a popular approach to autism treatment that emphasizes building connections and relationships through play with therapists, caregivers, and other people. It encourages therapists to follow the interests of individuals with autism in order to facilitate communication and interaction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that can assist those living with autism manage their anxiety, which is often an accompanying symptom. CBT may be effective at handling anxiety both as its own condition or as part of other mental health conditions.
There are many alternative therapies for autism, such as special diets, herbal supplements, yoga/meditation, massage/chiropractic care, animal therapy, arts therapy and more. These practices often work in combination with traditional approaches and can be an invaluable addition to a comprehensive autism therapy plan.