Therapeutic Interventions Applied for Children Diagnosed with Autism: A Study Case

Author: Ana-Maria Dobre
Private practice, Bucharest, Romania

The paper present the case of a subject named Octavian (name which is not the patient’s real name as it has been chosen in order to protect his identity), a child diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.

During the therapy which lasted one year and a half Octavian only benefited from applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions as the parents refused the medical treatment for fear of possible side effects. Towards the ending of the therapy period, in the last 2 weeks the parents agreed with medication administration.

At first Octavian’s therapy program started with sessions which lasted for 2 hours per day, following an increase of 5 hours per day, as the therapist worked for 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. After the applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions, the patient’s behavior and evolution has been observed also under the effect of Rispen medical treatment, as at that moment initial received dose was of 0.25 mg.

Considering the disorder’s symptoms and the relatively long period of time in which the patient could be monitored, we consider that Octavian’s evolution is representative for the autistic spectrum disorder.

Keywords: autistic spectrum disorder, applied behavior analysis (ABA), medical treatment