What's Best for My Child

Tremendous strides have been made in the availability of treatment options for ASD, yet sorting through those options can be a bit overwhelming.  You’ll likely hear conflicting opinions about what works and what doesn’t work and how the same treatment may work for some and not for others. However, by speaking with as many parents and practitioners in the field as you can, you’ll be more informed about making the right treatment choice for your child.

To begin with, The National Institute of Mental Health suggests a list of questions parents can ask when choosing a treatment plan for your child:


  • How successful has the program been for other children?
  • How many children have gone on to placement in a regular school and how have they performed?
  • Do staff members have training and experience in working with children and adolescents with autism?
  • How are activities planned and organized?
  • Are there predictable daily schedules and routines?
  • How much individual attention will my child receive?
  • How is progress measured? Will my child's behavior be closely observed and recorded?
  • Will my child be given tasks and rewards that are personally motivating?
  • Is the environment designed to minimize distractions?
  • Will the program prepare me to continue the therapy at home?
  • What is the cost, time commitment, and location of the program?


Because you are trying to absorb a vast amount of new information, you may want to keep a notebook to write down everything you learn.  A notebook will help you keep things straight and recall information.  Also, keep a record of all reports and evaluations to support your child’s eligibility for special programs.

When you’re armed with information, you’ll be better prepared to make a sound treatment decision for your child. 

The Autism Resource Center, which is operated by Putnam ARC, provides the information on this website for information and education purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical services or professional services.  Putnam ARC has not reviewed all of the websites cited on this website, nor does Putnam ARC in any way endorse any of the resources listed on this website; the information is provided solely for information and education purposes.