Proven Treatment Options for Children with Autism – Evidence-based care for your child.
There are multiple treatment options available for children with autism. Finding an appropriate treatment plan for each child takes time and will evolve as the child progresses. The National Autism Center completed the National Standards Project in 2009 with the goal of summarizing thousands of research articles to determine which treatments are well-established. A well-established treatment means the treatment has multiple research studies that support its effectiveness for children with autism. Eleven treatments are considered to meet this criteria and therefore likely to be effective:
- Antecedent Package: antecedents are what happens before the problem behavior occurs. This treatment focuses on changing the situations that occur before a problem behavior to help the child be more successful. For example, some children with autism have difficulty with changes in their daily schedules. If a child has a tantrum when routines change, the changing routine is the antecedent to the problem behavior (tantrum).
- Behavioral Package: this treatment focuses on reducing the problem behavior and also teach appropriate behavior to replace the problem behavior (e.g. using your words instead of hitting)
- Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Young Children: this is more of a comprehensive program examining how the learning of certain behaviors happens, and is also referred to as Applied Behavioral Analysis.
- Joint Attention Intervention: Joint attention is when two or more people are looking at or interacting with the same object, often based on nonverbal cues, such as following someone’s eye gaze to the object they are looking at.