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TREATMENT OVERVIEW

Discover the leading evidence-based treatments for autism and the philosophies behind them and learn how to select the one best suited for your family.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Explore ABA, a systematic program of positive and negative reinforcement to teach behavior skills. See it applied within the Wright family to Isaiah (aged 2) and Jordan (aged 7).

DIR / FLOORTIME

Learn about (DIR)/Floortime model, a developmental play-based approach that follows the child’s lead. See it applied to the Fitzgibbon triplets.

TEACCH

Examine the TEACCH approach founded in 1972 at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, which emphasizes structured teaching and visual supports. See it applied to several children of various ages.

EARLY START DENVER MODEL

Explore ESDM, a play based intervention combining a developmental model with ABA. See it applied to young children by Sally Rogers who co-founded it in the early 1980s with Geraldine Dawson.

JASPER

See the formal rigor of ABA combined with the play-based emphasis of DIR/Floortime in a therapy developed by Connie Kasari at UCLA that demonstrates the crucial role of joint attention in the treatment of autism.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Observe one of the oldest methods of treating children with autism, which was founded by Dr. A. Jean Ayres in the 1960s and is now frequently combined with other approaches, such as sensory integration.

SPEECH THERAPY

Observe one of the oldest and most common methods of intervention for children on the spectrum with language disorders, a method easily combined with other treatment approaches.

ABA BEHAVIORAL-BASED SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

Follow a group of young children as they begin to develop social skills and interact with one another at this small, 8-week group treatment program in Seal Beach, California.

MEDICATIONS

Observe how psychiatrists and research scientists discuss with parents the use of drugs in treating severe autism and some of its related physical symptoms.

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