Approaches to Treatment and Education


Treatment and Approaches

Research over the past several years has provided a clearer understanding of Autism Spectrum
Disorders. This research has led to better approaches and interventions. The face of autism is
changing and early diagnosis is still the key!

There is still no known cure for ASDs. However, early and intensive education can help children grow
and learn new skills. The goal of these efforts is to improve the child's skills that help him or her talk,
interact, play, learn and care for his or her needs.

Here are different approaches and treatments that are currently used. Keep in mind that every
individual is different and not everyone will react or obtain the same results from these techniques.

We recommend you consult with a health care professional before implementing any of these
approaches.
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Behavioral Based Treatment

An effective and popular treatment is called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This treatment
program uses general principles of behavioral therapy to build the skills that children with
autism lack, such as language, play, self help, social, academic and attention skills.

New Brunswick preschool children with autism spectrum disorder and their families now have
access to a new intervention-services system involving seven newly approved agencies that
provide specialized services across the province.

All preschool children newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can now be served
through one of the approved agencies.

For the complete list of approved agencies in New Brunswick, click on "Bahavioral
Based Treatment" on our menu or call us directly at 855-9032.
We would be pleased to help you through this process!

-  TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-related handicapped Children)

-   Pivotal Response Training

-   Social Pragmatic Training
- Floor time
- SCERTS Model

-   Social and Play related tools and Interventions
- Social Stories
- Peer-mediated instructions
- Theory of mind training
- Relationship development Intervention (RDI)
- Reference & Regulate

-   Communication Improvement
- Speech-language pathologists (please contact NBASLPA's website for information on how to find a   
speech-language pathologist in your area) who can work on:
- improving speech production and language
- social skills
- augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) - Exemples follow:
        -
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/AAC/
        - http://www.asha.org/docs/html/GL2006-00049.html#sec1.11.9
        - SETBC at http://www.setbc.org/setbc/topics/aacreview.html
        - VIP (Visual Immersion Program) at http://aac-rerc.psu.edu/index.php/webcasts/show/id/6
        - http://aac.unl.edu/yaack/
        -AAC can support the development of speech, language, literacy and socialskills. AAC can include sign
language, gestures,object symbols, paper communication systems (e.g., communication boards, PECS, PODD),
electronic voice outputcommunication aids or speech generation devices, and just typing on a computer.

-   Biomedical approaches

-   Dietary Therapies and Interventions
- Supplements
- Removal of Gluten and Casein (GFCF diet)
- Yeast free diet
- DAN! Protocol
- Specific Carbohydrate diet
- Body Ecology diet (BED)

-   Sensory Integration and motor therapies

-   Counselling

-   Complementary Interventions



The Autism Resource Centre has many books or material for these different
approaches. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to send
us a message to:
autismresourcecentre@gmail.com