Certain cases of ASD and severe forms of ADHD can be treated in part with medication. This is especially true in cases with co-occurring physical symptoms, as with some cases of ASD. Certain classes of medication are used for treating ADHD and ASD symptoms, including stimulants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants. It is important to note these drugs target specific symptoms rather than the disorder itself.
Individual and Group Therapy
One-on-one as well as group therapy can go a long way towards helping teens with neurodevelopmental disorders. For ASD, a type of therapy called applied behavior analysis is often effective. This type of therapy helps children and teens with ASD work on reducing problematic behavior and reinforcing appropriate behaviors.
Behavioral Training and Occupational Therapy
We help teens with NLD via body language training, physical therapy, and other treatments. Teens with handwriting and coordination issues can learn to build fine motor skills and learn to type via occupational therapy, and we address social behavior issues via individual and group behavioral training.
Continuing Care and Support
Treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders is often very long-term. The amount of support a teen will need will differ widely, but all teens with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ASD, need support. While autism cannot be “treated”, children and teens with ASD can be taught ways to cope with the challenges they face and improve their quality of life.