Scientists and researchers both agree that early intervention in the child’s life leads to a better prognosis. All children with autism can benefit from early intervention and some may acquire enough skills to attend a normal school. Research tells us that early intervention in an appropriate educational setting for at least two years before the start of school can result in significant improvements for many young children with an autism spectrum disorder.
As soon as autism is diagnosed, early intervention instruction should begin. Effective programs focus on developing communication, social, and cognitive skills.
Physical therapy is used to improve gross motor skills and handle sensory integration issues, particularly those involving the individual’s ability to feel and be aware of his body in space. Similar to OT, physical therapy is used to improve an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities. Physical therapy works to teach and improve skills such as walking, sitting, coordination, and balance. Physical therapy is most effective when integrated into an early intervention program.
Since people with ASDs have deficits in social communication, speech therapy is an important treatment option. Speech therapy helps to improve a person’s communication skills, allowing them to better express their needs or wants. For individuals with ASD, speech therapy is often most effective when speech-language pathologists work with teachers, support personnel, families, and the child’s peers to promote functional communication in natural settings. Some individuals with ASD are nonverbal and unable to develop verbal communication skills, and the use of gestures, sign language, and picture communication programs are often useful tools to improve their abilities to communicate.
Occupational therapy is often used as a treatment for the sensory integration issues associated with ASDs. It also helps teach life skills that involve fine-motor movements, such as dressing, using utensils, cutting with scissors, and writing. OT works to improve the individual’s quality of life and ability to participate fully in daily activities. Each occupational therapy program is based on individual evaluations and goals. Occupational therapy for young children with ASD often focuses on improving sensory integration and sensorimotor issues. In older children, OT often focuses on improving their social behaviour and independence.
At ZwavelStream clinic, you will be met by a team of warm, dedicated and experienced professionals. We strive to provide our patients with a mixed therapeutic model of psychiatric care so that you can discover a renewed sense of wellness that extends beyond mental health.
Zwavelstream Clinic is set in the Bronberg, with lush vegetation, manicured gardens, as well as spacious and tastefully furnished rooms. Our mental health clinic was inspired by the desire to provide a psychiatric unit in an environment that “de-institutionalizes and de-stigmatizes” mental health hospitals.
There’s no shame in seeking treatment to improve your mental health. It’s an act of great courage to take that first step and reach out. At ZwavelStream Clinic we provide a safe space for those looking for just this kind of support and guidance. So if you recognize yourself or someone you love may need help, please contact us.