Autism affects 67 million people worldwide, and although there are varying treatment options, Lethbridge's Behavioral Solutions offers one that brings people from near and far.

The clinic's use of applied behavioral analysis involves countless hours of therapy focused on motivation and reward. Autistic kids benefit from teams of therapists working with them at their home for 20 to 40 hours a week.

Behavioral interventionist therapist Deanna Saunders explains that the intense treatment is the only one empirically proven to work -- with 50 years of collected data supporting the interventionist methods.

"We're working one-on-one with the children exposing them to a lot of repetition. We teach primarily through prompting or reinforcement," she said.

Therapists use a combination of structured exercises and playful activities to help autistic children develop everything from social and verbal skills to normal interaction and independence.

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