The Lovaas Model consists of 20 to 40 hours of highly structured, discrete trial teachings, integrating ABA techniques into an early intervention (EI) program for children between the ages of 2 and 8 years, and no later than age 12.
The technique utilizes child-specific reinforcers to motivate and reward success.
PT is most effective when integrated in an EI program. Early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder under 3 years of age: recommendations for practice and research.
Pharmaceutical treatments can ameliorate some of the behavioral symptoms of ASD, including irritability, aggression and self-injurious behavior.
Physicians should suggest patients begin EI services as soon as the diagnosis is made.
If patients have a long wait between a positive screen and a diagnostic evaluation, it’s best to initiate EI even before a formal diagnosis is made.
A licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) helps to improve a child’s communication skills, allowing them to better express their needs or wants.
Speech therapy is often most effective when SLPs work with teachers, support personnel, families, and the child’s peers to promote functional communication in natural settings.
The most effective treatments available today are applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and pharmacological therapy.
Treatment works to minimize the impact of the core features and associated deficits of ASD and to maximize functional independence and quality of life.