- Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based Approach (DIR; also called "Floortime")
Floortime focuses on emotional and relational development (feelings, relationships with caregivers). It also focuses on how the child deals with sights, sounds, and smells.
- Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children (TEACCH)
TEAACH uses visual cues to teach skills. For example, picture cards can help teach a child how to get dressed by breaking information down into small steps.
- Occupational Therapy
Teaches skills that help the person live as independently as possible. Skills might include dressing, eating, bathing, and relating to people.
- Sensory Integration Therapy
Helps the person deal with sensory information, like sights, sounds, and smells. Sensory integration therapy could help a child who is bothered by certain sounds or does not like to be touched.
- Speech Therapy
Aids in improving the person’s communication skills. Some people are able to learn verbal communication skills. For others, using gestures or picture boards is more realistic.
- Social Work
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The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has a website to help individuals with an ASD who have communication challenges.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has a website to help health professionals with the oral health care needs of patients with an ASD.
Clinical Trials.Gov lists federally funded clinical trials that are looking for participants. If you or someone you know would like to take part in an autism study, go to the website and search "autism."
Autism Brain and Language Lab at The University of New Orleans conducts studies that focuses on understanding the differences in language abilities seen in ASD, with the hope of identifying some of the neural components in the brain that account for this wide variety of ability - long term the goal is for this work to help guide the development of treatments for language impairments in ASD.
The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) seeks to create standards of medical treatment that will be made broadly available to physicians, researchers, parents, policy makers, and others who want to improve the care of individuals with autism. ATN is also developing a shared national medical database to record the results of treatments and studies at any of their five established regional treatment centers.
The Autism FYI ORGINIZATION: Autism FYI National Registry's mission is to foster the community support and the inclusion of those on the Autism Spectrum, through a registry that provides a means of early identification, location and access to important information in case of an emergency.