Using a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective way of treating autism. Whereas medical interventions focus on improving the physical health of the individual, non-medical interventions focus on improving their social and emotional health. We are social beings with a need to interact with others. This is no different for people living with autism. This can be difficult and frustrating for someone who doesn’t have the tools to do so. The ability to reach one’s full potential and to receive a meaningful education is often dependent upon the availability and accessibility of evidence-based treatment. Access to individualized education, coupled with structured treatment which addresses autism characteristics and adaptive communication, can greatly improve a person’s quality of life, including their ability to learn, communicate with others and care for themselves.
When we feel better, we do better; therefore, combining medical and non-medical treatments can yield greater results than on their own. Having different techniques in your toolbox will help unlock the person’s potential.
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