"While there is no known cure for autism, there are treatment and education approaches that may reduce some of the challenges associated with the condition. Intervention may help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills that allow for greater independence. But just as there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies individuals with autism, there is no single treatment that will be effective for all people on the spectrum. Individuals can use the positive aspects of their condition to their benefit, but treatment must begin as early as possible and be tailored to the child's unique strengths, weaknesses and needs."
Reprinted from Autism Society 2014 http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/treatment-options/
Evidence-Based Practices Comparison Chart This chart compares the lists of evidence-based practices developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Autism Center, and the National Professional Development Center on ASD. Brief descriptions of the practices are also included.
Speech and Language Therapy (Physician Referral Needed)
Occupational Therapy/Sensory Integration (Physician Referral Needed)
Food Aversion/Feeding Therapy (Physician Referral Needed)
- Chelsea Creek SLP Services, Mason City 641-428-7611
ABCM Therapy; Hampton, Clear Lake; Jennette Messer SLP; 641-592-4910
- Website: http://www.a4pt.org/
Brigid Christianson- LISW, RPT-S; North Iowa Therapy Associates; 641-423-3864
Natalie Alsop, PhD- Behavioral Services - 641-428-7797
Lisa Meek, MSW, LMSW - Lifeline Resources 641-210-7708; firstname.lastname@example.org
This therapy is not considered an evidence based or specifically studied behavioral intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, some families in the area have found this therapy and intervention beneficial. Therapy is led by trained psychologists and social workers.
Mental Health Center of North Iowa; http://www.mhconi.org/ 641-424-2075
Program Director- Dave Fox
Parents and child are to come to the Mental Health Center on a "walk-in" basis between the hours of 8:30 to 10:30 and 1:30 – 3:30.
An intake by trained staff will be performed to determine if therapy is indicated.
To avoid longer wait times, we advise families arrive at 8:30 or 1:30 promptly. NO REFERRAL IS NEEDED