Supporting Needs

Supporting individual and family needs

A number of different interventions, medications, and therapeutic approaches exist that may help support the needs and improve the daily life of an autistic person (and their family). Many of these are called “treatments,” but it is important to know that autism is not something that can be cured.

When evaluating different options, look for the things that work better for each person and your family as a whole. Make sure that everybody will be able to follow the steps required by the intervention. Below, we list best practices within the medical and educational settings, research-based interventions, and how to determine which option or options may be best for your family. This is not a complete list of what is available, nor is it a list of recommendations; rather, the information below is designed to help provide you with general ideas about what is available to support the needs of autistic individuals. Before making decisions about any way forward, the providers and family involved in an individual’s care should work together to determine the most appropriate options for that person and their family.

Why choose evidence-based practices?

“Evidence-based” means that there is strong evidence has been established by researchers that the treatment is effective. This evidence has been demonstrated by repeated studies. The National Autism Center’s National Standards Project (NSP; 2007) categorizes various practices based on the level of scientific evidence. Reference this tool when considering treatment options.