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      Every child or adult with autism has unique strengths and challenges, so there is no one size fits all approach to autism treatment and intervention. Each autism intervention or treatment plan should be tailored to address the person’s specific needs.

      Intervention can involve behavioral treatments, medicines or both. Many people with autism have additional medical conditions such as sleep disturbance, seizures and gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Addressing these conditions can improve attention, learning and related behaviors.

      Behavioral Treatments and Interventions
      Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

      Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)


      Occupational Therapy (OT)

      Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)

      Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)

      Speech Therapy


      Verbal Behavior

      Treating Associated Medical Conditions
      A number of medical and mental-health issues frequently accompany autism spectrum disorder. These include:

      Gastrointestinal problems
      Sleep disturbances
      Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
      Obsessive compulsive disorder
      To better understand and treat the health conditions that frequently accompany autism visit our associated medical conditions page.

      Use of Medication
      Many families of children and adults with autism are faced with the option of using medicines. This is a medical decision and there is no one right answer.

      It is important to work with your healthcare providers to make sure that when medicine is chosen as a form of treatment, it is taken safely and effectively. Our ATN/AIR-P Medication Decision Aid and ATN/AIR-P Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use guide can help you to:

      Compare the options
      Consider benefits and risks
      Clarify personal values
      Learn about medications and side effects
      Target Symptoms
      Know what questions to ask providers


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