No two experiences of autism are the same. Because autism exists on a spectrum, it may be hard to choose the right therapy for your child. More often than not, autism is best treated with multiple types of therapy and skills training as a child grows and develops. For parents, it’s important to remember that a child’s needs shift as they grow. At some stages of life, kiddos may respond well to group therapy. At other stages, individual therapy can be just what they need.
If you’re struggling to find a therapist for your child or think individual therapy would benefit your child with autism, call EMIT today. Learn more about our telehealth therapy services for ASD and connect with us today at 844.983.0240.
How Does Individual Therapy Help Social Skills?
Most children with autism struggle with social skills. They may not understand body language or have trouble voicing their needs. Individual therapy gives children consistent attention, allowing them to build trust and become more comfortable with a therapist. At the same time, the therapist becomes familiar with the child’s strengths, challenges, and learning behavior.
As they get to know each other, the therapist can suggest strategies for improving communication skills and social skills. This may include speech therapy and applied behavioral analysis. Therapists often use play to act out social situations. Stuffed animals and other toys may stand in for school friends or family members to help a child role play. The children and their loved ones can play these games daily at home.
Individual Therapy Provides Adaptable Treatment
Every child’s needs are unique. The attention of a single therapist can give children a comprehensive and adaptable treatment plan. For instance, this might include guidance on diet and nutrition, recommendations for speech pathologists, and other tools for an individual’s needs. As a child learns and grows, a therapist can easily change treatment and therapy programs. Benefits of adaptable treatment include:
- Becoming comfortable with change-Children with autism prefer consistent schedules. When a therapist that a child knows and trusts introduces something new or different, it may be easier for the child to adapt.
- Getting to know a family-Autism therapy extends beyond a child with autism. An individual therapist can address an entire family’s approach to autism.
- Building trust-Spending extended time with an individual therapist builds trust. This makes it easier for parents to get reputable recommendations for other types of therapy and autism programs.
- Extended attention-Sticking with one therapist for an extended period prevents gaps in treatment and misinformation.
Individual therapy for autism is a great companion to other types of autism therapy. A child’s therapist can help them cope and adapt to other learning situations like group therapy, life skills training, school, and home life. Most individual therapists used applied behavioral analysis. As the most popular mode of therapy, ABA can be applied across modalities and is easy to use at home.
Begin Your Child’s Treatment with EMIT Today
Putting your faith in one therapist can be daunting. When it comes to autism therapy, one modality may not meet all of your child’s needs. Having a consistent, attentive therapist can help. Whether your child needs a new autism therapist or you’re looking to expand your treatment plan, consider EMIT.
Our telehealth therapy serves families across New Jersey from the comfort of home. We practice holistic, individualized autism treatments tailored to your family’s lifestyle. Our in-home online therapists provide your child with the tools they need from the comfort of home.
If you are ready to find a therapist to provide your child with individualized support, call us today at844.983.0240 to begin consultation for ABA autism therapy.