Treatments for Autism

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Adderall (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine)

    Overview
    Adderall is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. As many as 30 percent of childre... read more

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

    Overview
    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an established, well-respected approach to understanding behavior, motivating learning and teaching new skills. ABA therapists seek to understand ways in which behav... read more

  • Biomedical Treatment

    Overview
    The biomedical approach to treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is based on the premise that autism is a biological disease affecting the whole body. Biomedical treatments emphasize functional med... read more

  • Cibalith-S

    Overview
    Cibalith-S is a prescription drug. Its active ingredient, lithium carbonate, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1970. In children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Cib... read more

  • Complementary and Alternative Treatments

    Overview
    Studies show that as many as 95 percent of U.S. parents with children on the autistic spectrum try incorporating non-traditional therapies into their treatment plan. These treatments may be in additio... read more

  • Depakote (Divalproex sodium)

    Overview
    Depakote is a prescription drug that was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983 to treat epilepsy. It is also approved to treat manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder... read more

  • Dietary Approach

    Overview
    Special diets are a popular way to treat autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As many as 38 percent of parents try a special diet in the hopes that their child’s autism symptoms will improve. Special diet... read more

  • Discrete Trial Training

    Overview
    Discrete trial training (DTT), also known as discrete trial teaching, is an instructional method that breaks down skills into discrete components and teaches them one by one. DTT can be an extremely e... read more

  • Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)

    Overview
    Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) is a treatment aimed at reducing social and communication deficits in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). EIBI utilizes many principles o... read more

  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

    Overview
    The Early start Denver model (ESDN) is a comprehensive early education model designed for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ESDN is used for children ages 12 to 60 months. ESDN is associat... read more

  • Floortime

    Overview
    Floortime is a type of social-pragmatic play therapy based on the Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model (DIR) created by Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. The the... read more

  • Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride)

    Overview
    Focalin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as 30 percent of children diagnosed with... read more

  • Hippotherapy (horseback)

    Overview
    Hippotherapy, or horse therapy, is the therapeutic use of horseback riding to encourage social, physical, and emotional development in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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  • Music Therapy

    Overview
    Music therapy uses music as an element to promote intellectual and emotional development. In autism spectrum disorders (ASD), music helps to motivate, relax, and engage children. Music therapy can hel... read more

  • Neuropathy

    Overview
    Neurotherapy, also known as neurofeedback training or EEG biofeedback, allows children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to visualize their brainwaves. Scientists theorize that a part of the brain c... read more

  • Occupational Therapy

    Overview
    Occupational therapy is focused on helping children with autism gain and improve the skills to engage in daily activities. An occupational therapist can help autistic children improve participation in... read more

  • Physical Therapy

    Overview
    Physical therapy, or PT, is focused on helping children with autism improve their motor skills, coordination and sensory integration. A physical therapist can help autistic children improve posture, b... read more

  • Pivotal Response Training

    Overview
    Pivotal response training (PRT), also known as pivotal response teaching or pivotal response therapy, is a comprehensive interventional model for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PRT targ... read more

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine hydrochloride)

    Overiview
    Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987 to treat depression. In children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Prozac can be effective in treating sel... read more

  • Relationship Development Integration

    Overview
    Relationship development integration (RDI) is a type of family-based behavioral therapy focused on building personal relationships. RDI fosters dynamic intelligence, described as the ability to think ... read more

  • Risperdal (Risperidone)

    Overview
    Risperdal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder. Risperdal is also known by its drug name, Rispe... read more

  • Ritalin (Methylphenidate hydrochloride)

    Overiview
    Ritalin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955 for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as 30 percent of children diagnosed wit... read more

  • Social Skills Therapy

    Overiview
    Social skills therapy is focused on helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) build social skills such as greeting, starting and stopping conversations, play skills, maintaining eye contac... read more

  • Speech Therapy

    Overview
    All children with autism spectrum disorders have difficulty with social communication. One in three children with autism has difficulty producing understandable speech sounds. Speech-language patholog... read more

  • Strattera (Atomoxetine hydrochloride)

    Overview
    Strattera is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as 30 percent of children diagnosed wi... read more

  • Verbal Behavior Intervention

    Overview
    Verbal behavior (VB) intervention, also known as or verbal behavior therapy applied verbal behavior, is a type of therapy that focuses on motivating children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to co... read more

  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion hydrochloride)

    Overview

    Wellbutrin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985 to treat depression. In children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Wellbutrin may be effective in tre... read more

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