13. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is the leading treatment option for young children with autism
At present, the most effective treatments available for autism are applied behavior analysis therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. By far, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA) is the most actively used intervention as it utilizes behavioral psychology to systematically change patterns of behavior.
For young children with autism, ABA helps to encourage positive behaviors and discourages negative ones. In addition, the therapy teaches new skills and applies them in a variety of settings.