There are many different types of therapies available for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Two of the most common therapies are ABA therapy vs. speech therapy. Both therapies have their own unique benefits, and it can be challenging to decide which one is right for your child. Fortunately, we’ve decided to take a closer look and help you make the right decision.
ABA therapy is the most researched-based treatment for children with ASD. It focuses on changing social and learning environments and encompasses communication and life skills acquisition. ABA therapy has been shown to be effective in improving communication, social skills, and behavior in children with ASD.
Speech therapy focuses on communication and feeding issues. Speech therapists work with children to improve their communication skills and help them to develop age-appropriate speech and language skills. Speech therapy can also help children with ASD to develop better feeding habits, and overcome any swallowing issues they may have.
What about Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy focuses on mastering activities of daily living. Occupational therapists work with children to improve their fine motor skills and help them to develop age-appropriate skills for daily living. Occupational therapy can also help children with ASD to improve their sensory processing and to develop better-coping skills for managing anxiety and stress.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment for children with ASD. The type of therapy that is right for your child will depend on their individual needs. If you are unsure which type of therapy is right for your child, Blossom Children’s Center is here to help. We can assess your child’s needs and make recommendations based on what has proven effective for other children with ASD.