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What is the most effective treatment for a person with autism?

Studies show that early, individualized, and intensive treatment has the most positive impact on the abilities of a person with autism. Therapy for specific functional problems might even begin before a formal diagnosis is complete.

Since no single strategy works with every person, individualized treatment chooses and combines strategies to meet a person's unique needs. An intensive approach means a patient is engaged actively and productively in meaningful activities for a minimum of 25 hours per week -- with a treatment provider, family members, caregivers, or teachers. Each treatment strategy aims at the same overall goal: reducing symptoms and helping the person with autism succeed in various settings and relationships.

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