Early intervention has been proven to provide benefits for children with autism. This intervention will likely consist of structured, rigorous therapies (speech, occupational, and physical) for approximately 25 hours each week, based on your child’s individual needs.
Some programs will focus primarily on developmental areas, such as natural play and social skills through Floortime or Relationship Development Intervention, while others will focus on behavior through treatments such as Behavioral Analysis (ABA or Lovaas), Discrete Trial Training, or Pivotal Response Training.
Unfortunately, there is no “quick fix” for autism, so be weary of any programs that claim such results.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, April 2019