What Is the Best Treatment for Autism?

There are several different therapies for autism. While most research focuses on children, treatments are also available for adults. The most common treatment is applied behavior analysis, which uses a reward system to motivate positive behavior. Another type of treatment is discrete trial training, which promotes step-by-step learning.

Early Intervention

Researchers have discovered that the best treatment for autism is early intervention. Early intervention has been shown to boost IQ and language skills. In addition, it can lead to improved social interactions. Children who receive therapy are more likely to be integrated into mainstream classes. However, not all early interventions are successful.

No one treatment will cure autism. There are several treatments for autism, and some may work better than others. However, some children may need several treatments to see results. Early intervention is the best treatment for autism because it can improve a child’s health and prevent other problems from developing.

Parents should start seeking treatment as early as possible. This is especially important for children with ASD. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children between 18 and 24 months of age for ASD. However, if a child is diagnosed later, this doesn’t mean that treatment is ineffective.


ABA is an intervention based on principles of reward and consequences, which were first developed decades ago. They were created as a way to help children develop social skills. The autism treatment Richmond, VA, is effective for many children and has been proven effective for children with autism. The process involves a consultation with parents of children with autism and requires observation of the child’s behavior. It may include visits to the child’s home or school. Therapists will discuss specific interventions to help the child’s development and ask how parents can incorporate these strategies in their own homes.

ABA therapists use observations from the initial consultation to creating a therapy plan tailored to the child’s specific needs. They will help the child and their family understand why certain behaviors occur. The therapy also includes strategies to reinforce the child’s behaviors. This allows everyone involved in the treatment to be on the same page.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a proven treatment for autism that benefits children and adults with autism. It helps people with autism better recognize and deal with their emotions and social situations. It is tailored to the client’s unique strengths and weaknesses and …

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Mental health data show ‘unsustainable’ emergency department burden

This article was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and co-published with WRAL-TV.

By Taylor Knopf

A 9-year-old girl with mental health issues spent at least four months this spring living in a Novant Health emergency room in Wilmington: sleeping, eating, doing school work. During that time, emergency department staff searched for an available mental health facility that could take a child so young.

“I have kids that have been in our hospital for three, four or five months waiting for an appropriate living situation,” said Paula Bird, vice president of behavioral health services at Novant Health, the Winston-Salem-based hospital network that operates Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

She explained that many of these long stays occur when a county department of social services is involved. In some cases, overwhelmed parents bring their child to the ER and leave, saying they can’t take the child back home without some kind of treatment.

The Wilmington case, which was described by Bird, is not unique. Hospital officials across the state say there are children in mental health distress living in their emergency departments. Atrium Health has seen a 65 percent increase in emergency department patients needing psychiatric care, according to leaders at the Charlotte-based hospital group. For children in need of psychiatric care, the demand tripled over the course of the pandemic.

“We’ve seen since the beginning of 2022 that our numbers have just stayed high consistently and that’s not typical,” Wayne Sparks, medical director of Atrium Health Behavioral Health Services, said in May. “We’ll have surges, but they typically will be a week or two and then go back down. But this has been sustained now for the last five months.”

Emergency department data from hospitals across North Carolina show an elevated rate of pediatric patient visits throughout most of the pandemic compared to previous years, mirroring national trends. Young people have experienced higher levels of depression, with 44 percent of U.S. high school students in 2021 reporting persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. 

Kids who harm themselves or express suicidal thoughts often land in the emergency department. From there, it’s common for emergency department staff to initiate an involuntary commitment — a process that calls for sending patients to one of the state’s few psychiatric hospital beds.

Health experts are calling the youth mental health crisis the latest wave of

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