Among all the parents surveyed, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) stands out as the only therapy that a majority of respondents say has helped their child make “Excellent” or “Good” progress. All other therapies show similar ratings of less than half saying “Excellent” or “Good.” I was surprised at how similarly all the other therapies and interventions were rated, with only academic tutoring falling below the 40% mark.
(Background on this research project can be found here.)
When asked to rank therapies/interventions, the top 5 interventions overall are Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, ABA, Social Skills groups/therapy, and Medications to treat behaviors, anxiety, or ADHD. ABA has the highest percentage of people who list this in their top 5 who ranked it as the #1 intervention.
Less than 30 parents in the survey have used the therapies and interventions shown on the next chart, so these results are less reliable with these smaller sample sizes. It is interesting that RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) and Neurofeedback receive high ratings, but we need to be cautious because of the small number of parents doing the evaluating. (Personal note: I have done RDI with my 11 year-old son and have found it to be very helpful with things like co-regulation of behavior, social referencing, and non-verbal communication. One major benefit is that we don’t any problems now with him wandering or bolting too far away from us when in public.)
The survey is still open! Would like to have more responses in order to look at the information by diagnosis, time since diagnosis, age of child, etc. So if you haven’t completed the survey please do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/autismparentdata1
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