How much therapy is needed for children with autism?

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How much therapy is needed for children with autism?

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Children with autism, what best practice says, children with autism need 40 hours a week of therapy. So what does that 40 hours entail? It’s different amongst children, but what the research showed a lot of effectiveness with children with autism was when they’ve had ABA therapy – which is Applied Behavior Analysis. But what they’re finding now is a combination of therapies, a combination of behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social skills therapy, play therapy and all those therapies in about 40 hours is what a typical child needs.

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Sarah Clifford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Cilfford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. She works exclusively with children, primarily between the ages of 12 months to eight years.

Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, as well as the co-founder (together with autism advocate Jenny McCarthy) of Teach2Talk, LLC, a producer of quality educational products including video–modeling DVDs that teach children a variety of skills including appropriate behavior, social skills, play and language. 

She is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program for autism located at a major public research university located in Los Angeles, California, where Sarah has provided therapy to hundreds of children with autism spectrum disorders and conducted research into various treatment modalities. 

Sarah is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, and her research focuses on teaching play, social skills and language to children through video modeling.

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