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Autism: Treatments

In-home treatment

Depending on your child’s age, diagnosis, and skills, the evaluating psychologist may suggest in-home autism treatment with goals specific to your child’s needs. They may also recommend psychiatric services.

Mercyhealth offers an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach to autism treatment. This is provided in your home or in the community when appropriate for your child’s needs.

Children ages 2 to 8 may qualify for intensive, in-home treatment. This requires more than 20 hours of treatment each week in your home. Current research supports intensive (30-plus hours) treatment to start when your child is young. The earlier and more intensive the treatment, the better the outcome for your child. Children and adolescents of all ages may also qualify for non-intensive in-home treatment.

Social skills class

*Due to the pandemic and staffing, social skills classes are currently on hold. Please check back for updates.

For many children with autism, building relationships with others is often difficult because they have not acquired the social skills that come naturally to many of us. In order to master these social skills, they must be taught explicitly, and have the opportunity to practice them again and again.

Through repetition of important social skills, this class helps your child develop abilities that are important to be successful in the classroom and other areas of life.

Children will learn and practice:

  • Listening
  • Eye contact
  • Conversing
  • Reading and using appropriate body language
  • Social interactions and peer relationships
  • Sportsmanship
  • Social norms
  • Self-esteem and self-control
  • How to handle teasing
  • And much more

This weekly class is designed for children with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism in elementary, middle and high schools .

To learn more

We’re here to answer your questions and address your concerns about your child. Just call Mercyhealth Autism Program at (608) 756-8226 to request services. We will call you to start your child’s assessment process.


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