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19 Questions to Ask to Help Decide which Therapies are Right for your Autistic Child

Mar 1, 2018

There are lots of different types of therapies to consider for your autistic child from speech therapy to occupational therapy to play therapy. And the list goes on and on.

Ultimately though, the therapies you do choose depend on what goals you and your child have.

So whether you are researching therapies after a fresh autism diagnosis or you are simply considering switching therapists at the moment, it is important to really examine whether or not your child is truly benefiting from the therapy they are enrolled in.

When deciding on which therapies are right for your autistic child, it can seem quite overwhelming. Not only are there lots of therapies to choose from, but there are possibly lots of therapists you could choose to work with.

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The list of questions below will hopefully make it easier to help you decide which therapies are right for your child.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself when considering a new therapy or therapist:

  • What are the benefits, advantages and disadvantages of the therapy?
  • Does the therapy align with the goals you are trying to accomplish for your child?
  • Will the therapist allow the parent to be present and participate, if needed, during the appointments?
  • Is this therapy something that benefits the child long term (i.e., will it help the child when they become an adult)?

You might also need to consider financial questions, such as:

  • Will this therapy be covered by insurance? If not, are there available grants or government resources to help pay for it?
  • How much does this therapy cost per session?
  • How often will the appointments be for your child?
  • Are there extra costs associated with this therapy (i.e., buying supplies for continuing therapy at home, parking fees, gas costs)?

If your child is currently undergoing therapy and you want to double check if it is still the right fit for your child, then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the therapist's goals align with your goals for your child?
  • Are the goals being addressed during therapy?
  • Is your child showing progress?
  • Is the relationship between your child and their therapist working?
  • Is the relationship between you and your child's therapist working?
  • Is the therapy considered work or play for your child?
  • Is your child happy before, during and after the therapy session?
  • Does this therapy add stress to your family's life or is it helping your family?
  • Does the therapist treat your child with respect?
  • Does the therapist include your child in discussions, instead of talking about them as if they are not present?
  • Does the therapist keep communication open with you?

By thoroughly evaluating each therapy and each therapist using these questions, you will hopefully find the perfect support your child needs!

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

Read more from Dyan here.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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