Therapy Services

What types of services are available?

In Iowa and Nebraska, there are many different types of therapy available:

ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, just to name a few. Each has a specific purpose to have a particular outcome. We are here to help you understand what each one is and whom you can contact.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA, used as a scientific approach to understanding different behavior, ABA is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors. In simple terms, ABA changes the environment in order to change the behavior.

Speech Therapy

What is Speech Therapy? Speech-language therapy addresses challenges with language and communication. It can help people with autism improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication. The overall goal is to help the person communicate in more useful and functional ways.

Occupational Therapist

The overall goal of occupational therapy is to help the person with autism improve his or her quality of life at home and in school. The therapist helps introduce, maintain, and improve skills so that people with autism can be as independent as possible.


Iowa’s AEAs work as partners to provide these services to every Iowa public school district and accredited, nonpublic school to improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth:


Physical Therapy

What does physical therapy do for autism?
Physical therapists (PTs) are movement specialists. They are in a unique position to help children with ASD. PTs help children with ASD develop their gross motor skills and basic movement skills. These skills help children with ASD play games, sports, and take part in physical education with their peers

Other Theraputic Services

There are many different types of therapeutic relief. Painting, Horseback riding, Sensory friendly nights, and therapist who take a different approach to helping that the “traditionally medical” route.

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