Term Autism Therapy
Code LR-0450
Definition Programs that offer any of a variety of therapeutic interventions, which may be used singly or in combination, to address the range of social, language, sensory and behavioral difficulties experienced by children and adults with autism and related disorders. Because of the spectrum nature of autism and the many behavior combinations that can occur, treatment approaches must be tailored to meet the individual needs of each person. Included are behavioral and communication development approaches such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems), Floor Time, Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Social Stories and sensory integration; biomedical and dietary treatments including psychiatric medications, vitamins and minerals (such as Vitamin B6, magnesium and essential fatty acids), treatment using the hormone secretin and special diets; and various complementary therapies such as music, art or equestrian therapy which may be used on an individual basis or integrated into an educational program.
Created 6/30/05
Changed 12/20/16
Use References Autism Programs
Autism Services
Autism Treatment
Services/Programs for Autistic Children
Services/Programs for Children with Autism
See Also References Autism Service Dogs (LR-7950.0500)
Sensory Integration Therapy (LR-6200.8000)
External Classification Terms Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Outpatient Rehabilitation (UW 2.1.04.02)
Rehabilitation Services (NPC E12)
Rehabilitative Care (NTE E50)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Developmental Disabilities
Disabilities
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Comments
Bibliographic References "Behavioral and Communication Approaches", Autism Society of America website. NOTE: this particular version of the document is no longer available. Some of the material is included under "Treatment", http://www.autism-society.org

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