Peer-Reviewed Research and Articles for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Successful early intervention therapies for autism often focus on four primary areas:

Physical Development

This includes Neurodevelopment. Targeting the child’s body and brain, with research showing motor coordination deficits being pervasive across autism diagnoses and being a cardinal feature of ASD [1].

Social Development

The child’s ability to form relationships, communicate, self-regulate and cope with emotions, with research showing children with autism have sensory and motor difficulties that have been found to impact social functioning[2].

Behavioural Development

The child’s behaviour and behaviours are affected by the environment and the child’s physical, social and cognitive development. This is the focus of ABA, as well as other behavioural development therapies.

Cognitive Development

The child’s ability for higher order processing, thinking and learning. This development assists in building a foundation to expand knowledge and improve problem solving by encouraging critical thinking to make decisions.