Psychosocial interventions and autism

Strong evidence – there is lots of high-quality evidence that some young people find this treatment option helpful.

You might be offered social-communication support if you have difficulties with:

  • having conversations
  • expressing yourself and understanding other people
  • interests and behaviours that are repetitive and have a very narrow focus

The support you receive will depend on the difficulties you have and what would be most helpful for you. For example, this type of support could include play-based approaches with your parents, carers and teachers to help you engage and communicate with them.

These approaches should:

  • be based on your individual needs
  • help your parents, carers, teachers and friends to understand your way of communicating and interacting
  • include techniques to improve your communication, interactive play and social routines
  • include sessions with a therapist so that they can show you certain things captured by video-recordings

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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