Although there is currently no established cure for autism, there is a range of therapies that can make a dramatic difference. It is important for families to understand that early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention with therapies is crucial to the child’s development. It is a common misconception that a child with autism will grow out of their symptoms. The earlier a child receives therapy, the more chance that child has of developing typically.

Treatments range from traditional, recreational and alternative, giving families a wide variety of options to try out. Successfully reported therapies are occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy. Following diagnosis, many families may invest in one, or most commonly a combination of therapies. Alternative therapies that families have found useful are play therapy, music therapy, art therapy and drama therapy. All of these therapies have certification boards in which the specialists should be certified.