What are Common Treatment Options for Autism?

There is no single best treatment package for all children with autism. However, most professionals agree that early treatment is important and that most people with autism respond well to highly structured, specialized programs.

Before making decisions about a child’s treatment, parents should learn as much as possible about the different options that are available. Some of the questions parents can ask about programs for their children include:

  • How successful has the program been for other children with autism?
  • How many children have been placed in a regular school and how have they performed?
  • Do staff members have training and experience working with children and adolescents with autism?
  • How are activities planned and organized?
  • Are there regular daily schedules and routines?
  • How much individual attention will my child receive?
  • How is progress measured? Will my child’s behavior be closely observed and recorded?
  • Will my child be given tasks and rewards that are personally motivating?
  • Is the environment designed to minimize distractions?
  • Will the program prepare me to continue the therapy at home?
  • What is the cost, time commitment, and location of the program?

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National Institute for Neurological Disorders