Which nonpharmacologic therapies are used in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Nonpharmacologic therapy

  • Intensive individual special education

  • Speech, behavioral, occupational, and physical therapies (eg, assisted communication, auditory integration training, sensory integration therapy, exercise/physical therapy)

  • Social skills training in some children with autism spectrum disorder, including those with comorbid anxiety disorders; [7] children with autism spectrum disorder and comorbid ADHD may benefit less from social skills training. [7]  While social skills interventions appear modestly effective for young people with ASD, the effects may not readily generalize to educational settings [8]

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy [8]


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