Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) covers a wide range of symptoms and developmental challenges for young learners. While some struggle with verbal communication, others may have more difficulty reading emotions. Because there are many types of autism, therapy can range from multimodal to a single type of therapy, such as applied behavioral analysis. However, we take the time to find the right treatment program for your child because we recognize that every child we work with is unique. Finding the right autism treatment program can help children with ASD and their parents build pathways of communication and greater independence as a child grows.
At EMIT Therapeutics, we offer in-home telehealth ABA therapy programs for children with autism between the ages of 18 months to 18 years old across New Jersey. Learn more about our programs today by calling us at 844.983.0240.
What Are the Levels of Autism?
ASD exists on a spectrum and is diagnosed by behavior analysis through observing a child’s habits and reactions over time. Behavioral analysis from parents, pediatricians, and therapists can determine where a child falls on the autism spectrum. They can then easily track their growth and learning progress. Autism consists of three levels, each with its own strengths and challenges.
- Level 1 is the least severe diagnosis. Those with level 1 symptoms may have difficulty following a conversation. ABA, play therapy, and developmental therapy can help those at level one focus on communication with the world around them and understanding their own emotions.
- Level 2 symptoms are more noticeable than level 1 and require more extensive therapy. Children at level two may have difficulty with eye contact, verbal speech, and dealing with change. Level 2 autism therapy may include life skills training, ABA, and sensory integration therapies.
- Level 3 is the most challenging diagnosis. Children at level 3 may be more prone to self-isolation due to verbal and nonverbal communication difficulties and often require more immediate care. ABA is the most common therapy for level 3.
The severity and types of symptoms, as well as a family’s home life, are crucial to finding the right type of therapy for any child with ASD.
Types Of Autism Therapy
Different types of autism require different types of treatment. The most common treatments may include the following:
- ABA therapy: Applied behavioral analysis focuses on modeling and rewarding good behavior as children learn by example.
- Speech therapy: Speech Therapy is ideal for those who have trouble articulating words.
- PECS: Picture exchange communication system allows a nonverbal child to use images to communicate by showing those around them what they want or need.
- Social skills therapy: Parents and therapists work with children to develop social skills, engage in conversation, and understand social cues.
- Life skills training: Also called functional skills training, this therapy helps your child develop personal safety, hygiene, and daily survival skills. This treatment allows your child to understand the world around them and gain more independence.
Many children with ASD find improvement in their symptoms through multiple forms of autism therapy. Some of these therapies will be used long-term. However, others, like speech therapy, help a child reach a new level of independence.
Contact EMIT for More Information
There are many approaches to autism therapy to meet your child’s specific needs as they learn and grow. At EMIT, we believe in holistic therapy and support for different types of autism. With our help, children develop into independent, well-rounded adults. Our in-home telehealth services provide you and your child with treatment from the comfort and security of your home. If you’re ready to begin telehealth autism therapy for a range of autism treatments, contact us online today or at 844.983.0240.