At Opya, we know that there is no single therapeutic approach that will work for all children diagnosed with autism. This is why our team of specialists is trained in a variety of different therapies so that we can create an individualized treatment plan for each child. In this way, we are able to provide the most comprehensive and effective care possible.
It is also important to note that, while medication can be an important part of treatment for some children diagnosed with autism, it is not a cure-all and should always be used in conjunction with other therapies as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Autism
At Opya, our approach to early-intervention autism treatment involves three different therapeutic practices: ABA therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
ABA therapy is an evidence-based treatment for autism that focuses on changing behavior through positive reinforcement. This approach has been shown to effectively reduce challenging behaviors and increase communication, social, and adaptive skills in children diagnosed with autism.
Among the many benefits of ABA therapy are:
- It can help children diagnosed with autism develop new skills and improve social functioning.
- It is an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to be effective in reducing challenging behaviors.
- It can be tailored to meet each child’s individual needs, making it an effective form of treatment.
At Opya, our ABA therapists work with children to identify their strengths and weaknesses so that we can tailor the therapy to meet their individual needs. We also work closely with families to ensure that they are able to continue the progress made in therapy between visits.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that helps children with developmental delays or disabilities improve their ability to perform activities of daily living. OT can also help prevent or delay the onset of such difficulties.
At Opya, our occupational therapists work with children diagnosed with autism to develop the skills they need for daily living, such as dressing, eating, and bathing. We also work on developing fine motor skills, such as handwriting, and gross motor skills, such as riding a bike. In addition, we help children develop social skills so that they can interact more effectively with others.
The benefits of occupational therapy for children diagnosed with autism include:
- It can help children diagnosed with autism develop the skills they need for daily living.
- It can help improve fine motor skills, such as handwriting.
- It can help improve gross motor skills, such as riding a bike.
- It can help children diagnosed with autism develop social skills so that they can interact more effectively with others.
Occupational therapy is just one part of the multidisciplinary approach to autism that we provide at Opya, but for many of the children in our care, it is absolutely critical.
Speech therapy is a type of therapy that helps children with communication issues improve their speech and language skills. Speech therapy can also help improve the child’s ability to understand and express emotions. As a result, our speech therapists work with children to improve their communication skills, but because these things are so intertwined, we also work on emotional regulation and developing social skills as a part of this process.
The many benefits of speech therapy for children diagnosed with autism include:
- It can help children diagnosed with autism improve their communication skills.
- It can help improve social skills.
- It can help improve emotional regulation.
As is the case with occupational therapy, the degree to which speech therapy will play a role in your child’s treatment will depend upon their individual needs. However, it is an essential part of our approach at Opya.
Learn More About Our In-Home Multidisciplinary Approach to Autism
If you are looking for in-home care for a child diagnosed with autism in the Bay Area or Orange County, Opya might be right for you. To learn more about how our multidisciplinary approach to autism can help your child reach their full potential, reach out today at 650.629.3445 or contact us online. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have or provide you with more information about our programs.