The effects of an ASD on a person’s life vary for each individual and all approaches must be sensitive to the unique needs of the person. For some people who are “high functioning”, societal reactions to social differences may be more disabling than any actual “symptoms” or problems caused by ASD.
While not required by every person living with autism, intervention, treatment programs and support services are fundamentally necessary for the majority of people with ASDs to help them to develop, learn, make use of their unique strengths, improve their quality of life and reach their full potential.
New therapeutic approaches, services and therapies for autism-related difficulties are being made available every day and it can be very confusing for families and individuals to sort through all the possible offerings. Before starting any intervention we recommend that you learn as much as possible about the intervention, consult with your medical team and speak with your nearest Autism Canada Provincial and Territorial Council Member organization to discuss any particular approach.
Autism Canada does not endorse treatments, interventions and therapies but lists them so people can make informed choice. This site is for information purposes only and is a starting point for readers to look into options that may fit or resonate. Remember, therapies for autism, like any condition, should be discussed with a trusted medical practitioner or certified therapist before use.
All information, data and material contained, presented or provided here is for general information purposes only and is not to be construed as reflecting the knowledge or opinions of Autism Canada, or as providing legal or medical advice. All treatment decisions should be made by the individual in consultation with a licensed health care provider.