There seems to be two main groups of professionals who seek to help children with autism. Those who provide the “traditional” therapies such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists and those who provide “alternative” interventions such as naturopaths, chiropractors and nutritionists. These treatment approaches tend to sit at opposite ends of the ‘spectrum’ and tend to divide the autism community.
Is any one profession better than the other? Of course not! We all provide a unique service and work towards the same goal with a slightly different angle. Of course, the type of intervention will differ based on a child’s individual needs and goals, but in the majority of cases traditional and alternative approaches are both required and can most definitely work together and even compliment one another to produce optimal outcomes for the child.
I do not believe there is only one way to approach the complexities of autism.
Autism is so multi-faceted that we need to be open-minded enough to take a multi-treatment approach.
The way I see it, traditional therapy doesn’t address the biochemistry underlying the problems and the biomedical approaches don’t address the learnt behaviours, habits and social/emotional aspects. We NEED to listen to each other, remain curious and be openminded to new ways of thinking …..for the greater good of our children.
What types of therapy do you receive for your child? What works for your child?
With love and hope,