What Are The Best Treatments for Autism?

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.

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. Many people also benefit from therapies for communication, social skills, or motor challenges, or to learn other skills like feeding or self-care.

Each autism intervention or treatment plan should be tailored to address the person’s specific needs. A person’s treatment plan can include behavioral interventions, other therapies, medicines, or a combination of these.

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:

  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Feeding
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

To better understand and treat the health conditions that frequently accompany autism visit our associated medical conditions page.

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