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Treatment Options

There is no single, definitive treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, there is exciting research that shows early behavioral interventions help to maximize each child’s potential. Early diagnosis, followed by comprehensive and intensive early interventions, can produce better outcomes for many children with autism.

Treatments options include but are not limited to:

Behavioral interventions:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) or related intensive behavioral treatment
  • Social skills interventions
  • Relationship-based therapies (e.g., Floor time, Pivotal Response Training)


Traditional therapies:

  • Speech/language therapy (which may also address social skills)
  • Occupational therapy (which may also address sensory issues)
  • Physical therapy


Medical options:

  • May include medications or diets aimed at treating the symptoms of autism
  • NOTE: Currently there is no medication that can cure ASD or all of their symptoms