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Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Is applied behavioral analysis therapy effective for autism?

Sometimes: Aba is one behavioral therapy shown to be effective in helping with asd. There are newer, more developmentally based therapies also showing promise, such as play project (floortime), son rise and rdi - relationship development intervention. The key factor as a parent is to research the various approaches and determine which seems to best fit your child. And don't be afraid to change, if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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How effective is online speech therapy for treating autism?

How effective is online speech therapy for treating autism?

It's not helpful: The point of speech/language therapy for kids with ASD is not only to increase expressive language, it's to increase social communication, conversational turn-taking in real life situations with real human beings whose emotional & verbal response are neither scripted nor always expected. The only thing worse would be to allow hours of screen time or Baby Einstein videos. Speech = articulation. ...Read more

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How effective is family therapy for treating autism?

Family training in : behavioral techniques is very effective if parents & other family members follow through consistently by ignoring maladaptive behaviors & immediately reinforcing adaptive behaviors, especially in younger children who have acquired language skills. See FSU's study funded by Autism Speaks: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/parent-training-program-shows-clear-gains-toddlers-autism. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for treating Asperger syndrome?

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for treating Asperger syndrome?

Can be effective: The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and social pragmatics training can together be effective in providing strategies that can improve the life of those with Asperger's disorder. Social pragmatics groups offer the opportunity to practice what is being taught. ...Read more

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How effective is animal-assisted therapy for treating autism?

Kids with Autistic : Spectrum Disorder, like all kids, are individuals with individual strengths & challenges. The applications we physicians fill out for families who request service animals contain many questions regarding the animal's potential for safety in a household. Usually, animals are placed in homes of kids with ASD age 6 & older who have higher cognitive & communication skills ...Read more

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Is there any effective treatment for developmental dyspraxia?

Is there any effective  treatment for developmental dyspraxia?

Depends: Dyspraxias are difficulties in planning/executing complicated, multistep activities. Breaking the skill into component parts and getting help from a therapist (pt, ot or st) to better understand the motor planning needed and practice the various steps can result in improvement. Seek an evaluation from a therapist. ...Read more

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How effective is anger management for treating autism?

How effective is anger management for treating autism?

Depends: For many children Applied Behavioral Analysis ( ABA) can be very useful in helping them develop better ways of dealing with anger as well as many other unwanted behaviors. The more classical type of therapy that might be used with a neurotypical patient with anger issues is not as likely to be effective. ABA therapists have a very specific type of training that other therapists do not have. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pervasive developmental disorder (pdd)?

What is the treatment for pervasive developmental disorder (pdd)?

Multi-Factored: The treatment for autism invovles a variety of approaches and disciplines. Diet, nutrition, and overall health are important. There is often benefit from a variety of therapies (behavioral, speech, and occupational therapies). School modifications and adjustments are needed. Medications are sometimes used to target specific behaviors that may cause problems, such as hyperactivity or mood problems. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

What is the treatment for autism spectrum disorder?

Multi-dimensional: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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How effective is sensory processing for treating autism?

How effective is sensory processing for treating autism?

The American Academy: of Pediatrics recommends that Pediatricians not use "Sensory Processing Disorder" as an independent diagnosis because atypical responses to sensory input are related to many underlying Neurodevelopmental Disorders including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder & Anxiety Disorders. There is limited data on the efficacy of sensory-based therapies. See comment. ...Read more

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Child psychiatrist question? Is conversion therapy for teens effective?

Child psychiatrist question? Is conversion therapy for teens effective?

No : I am assuming that " therapy to convert ones sexual orientation " if it is somethimg else than sorry . There is a section of therapist that may claim otherwise but general agreement in academia is that it is not. ...Read more

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What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

What help is there for adults with autism spectrum disorders?

See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. ...Read more

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Is electroconvulsive therapy a practical treatment for depression?

Is electroconvulsive therapy a practical treatment for depression?

Yes, in some cases: According to mental health america, today, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is administered to about 100, 000 people a year. It has been shown in many (but not all) studies to be an effective treatment for severe depression, acute mania, and some schizophrenic symptoms. It is also used with some suicidal patients who would like a quicker effect than is possible with some medications. ...Read more

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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...Read more

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Is the Sonrise approach effective for kids with autism?

Is the Sonrise approach effective for kids with autism?

Because of the: home-based nature of the program, no published independent study has tested the program's efficacy. A 2003 study revealed that involvement with the program led to more drawbacks than benefits for the involved families over time, though there was a strong correlation between patterns of intervention implementation and outcomes. ABA is the only evidence-based therapy with known efficacy. ...Read more

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Is electroconvulsive therapy an effective treatment for dysthymic disorder?

Is electroconvulsive therapy an effective treatment for dysthymic disorder?

ECT: It can be used for clinical depression unresponsive to medications or other treatments or if cannot tolerate medications. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for autism spectrum disorder?

Is there any medication for autism spectrum disorder?

No, but individuals: with ASD have varied symtoms and medicaions may be useful intreating specific symtpoms, such as hyperactivity or anxiety or aggression with medicaions that are used with other primary disorders, such as anxiety disorder or ADHD. Consultation with a specialist is a medical center may be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for autism?

Combination: The best therapy is individualized, and usually includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy, often with an instructor in "applied behavioral analysis." while there's no quick-fix, good therapy is very effective in mild-to-moderate autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more