Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Decide Which Therapies are Right for Your Autistic Child

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Advice on how to choose therapy for a child with autism and 19 questions that will help you pick the best therapy for your autistic child.

Once your child received their autism diagnosis, you likely jumped into research mode, trying to figure out what therapy to choose for them. 

I admit, it can be overwhelming since there are lots of options, some good and some not so good. It is further complicated by things such as finances, insurance, and being able to find a therapy or therapist locally, for instance.

So whether your child has just recently been diagnosed with autism or you are currently exploring new therapy options for your child, this list of questions will help you decide how to choose the best therapy for your son or daughter.

It will help you critically evaluate your options so that you can ensure you are picking a therapy that will help and support them.

15+ questions to ask when choosing therapy for a child with autism

What is the Best Therapy for Autism? Which Therapy Should You Choose?

When it comes to deciding on what the best therapy for autism is, I highly suggest doing your research first

Always read scientific research, if available, and reach out to autistic adults for their input and insight, if you can. 

Learn everything you can about the pros and cons for each therapy.

There are lots of bad interventions and "therapies" that focus on fixing or curing your child with autism, which should be a huge red flag to you when deciding on therapy for your child since autism is not something to be fixed or cured. Any "therapy" which claims it can be fixed or cured should be avoided.

Please note, I am not here to endorse or advocate for any particular therapy. Instead, I want to assist you in your decision making process so that you can identify what may or may not be a good fit for your child.

There are lots of wonderful therapy options available from speech therapy to occupational therapy, but it can be a bit overwhelming to navigate and evaluate all the options. Thankfully though, I have compiled a list of 19 questions to ask when deciding which therapies are right for your autistic child. I hope you find these questions helpful!

15+ questions to ask when choosing therapy for a child with autism