The interventions mentioned in this website are not a comprehensive list of all options available to individuals with autism. There are a variety of other options available today, we have attempted to be as exhaustive as possible.

Once you become familiar with what therapies are available and appropriate for individuals with autism a significant concern for many families is where they can receive these services. Treatments may be obtained from either the medical or educational community, depending on the nature of the treatment. Families examining possible medications for their child may contact a physician while individuals investigating educational approaches may contact their local school system. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal mandate, which guarantees students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. The education plan for a student with disabilities can include "related services" such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and behavior modification. 

In Ontario, it is a little trickier to get your services funded.  There are services out there, but they can be difficult to find.  To help you find services for York Region, check out our special "Beginner's Guide to ASD (Preschool) in York Region".  We also offer a "General Beginner's Guide" which talks about specific therapies and has a dictionary of terms.

Feel free to contact the Autism Society of America or the Autism Society of Ontario with any questions you have about different therapies. 

Healing Arts: Alternative Therapies site

Detailed Listing of Other Therapies

Pocket Full of Therapy - Pediatric and School-Based Therapy Products and Toys

Brain Gym

more on Brain Gym

Holding Therapy: an Autistic Perspective

How to Determine if a Treatment Really Helped

North American Riding for Handicapped Association

Personal Ponies

Higashi: Daily Life Therapy

Doman/Delacato Method

BBB Autism Support Network E-News: Interventions for Autism/PDD


Graduates of certificate programs for Cranio Sacral therapy, yoga, physiotherapy and more can be found on this list. Click here, being sure to thoroughly check out the source, credentials and schooling before hiring.  You can search for therapists by state.
Institute of Medicine Calls for More Research - Cranio Sacral Therapy

Article: "BIRTH TRAUMA ~ The Consequences of Cranial Compression" from the College of Cranio Sacral Therapy

Real Stories From Real Parents

Written by Sue

"Yes, my son has benefited from Cranio Sacral Therapy. His stims decreased dramatically while he received CST once a week. He did talk just a bit more. He received CST at two different periods, and his response was much stronger when he was younger. It puts him to sleep. He loves it. I just could not afford to continue therapy. 

I have a friend who also gets CST once a month and she said that her vision improved to the point where she did not need her reading glasses.  The effects are pretty dramatic for something that essentially looks like nothing much. My son would sleep for 12 hours after each treatment, at least. He would be really groggy and needed help walking afterwards also. It is very relaxing. I really wish that I could have afforded to continue them.

I went to a workshop on CST and Autism a few years ago and it was very interesting. Andrew Weil MD has a lot on it in his book "Spontaneous Healing". Here the cost done by a masseuse was $50 a session. If you have it done by an Osteopath or Physical Therapist it might cost more. There is a growing network of massage therapists that work with children with special needs. Many will teach you various techniques to relax your child, also. I also used aromatherapy with him around the same time. He loves it. We still do the massages with scented oils once in a while, but not every night like I used to. It is a big help." - Sue


18: May 16, 2002

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