While there is no known cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are many different therapies, interventions and support resources available to help improve the lives of those living with ASD.
No two people are the same, so choosing what works for you or the individual in your life living with ASD can be a challenge. This may seem daunting, but don’t lose hope! There are many resources out there, and it is a matter of approaching your choice of intervention or therapy from a multi-disciplinary standpoint.
We have found the most effective interventions are those that help teach the person skills and specific behaviours that help them improve their coping mechanisms for the challenges associated with Autism.
For children, this may mean focusing on expressive behaviour for a child that has yet to develop speech.
For adults, it could be be behavioural therapy that helps them cope in challenging social situations.
The most common interventions accessed by individuals with ASD include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Behavioural Health interventions delivered by a behavioural health specialist.
Not all adults and children with Autism will require individual intervention in all of these areas, but these are the therapies that address core challenges in the areas of social communication, sensory processing, and behaviour.
It is important to note that while most therapies, treatments and interventions would be available through the HSE, many choose to access private therapy providers due to the substantial waitlists associated with services through the HSE.