Diagnosis, Approaches & Outcomes
Diagnosis of ASDDiagnosis conducted by the appropriate professionals requires the dismissal of alternative explanations of difficulties or differences experienced; and identification of the qualitative impairments and symptoms associated with ASD. Diagnosis is sometimes a lengthy process and is often particularly difficult in intelligent adults whose symptoms are sometimes subtle. The outcome for individuals is generally improved the earlier a diagnosis is made and appropriate response to the individuals experience is begun.
Approaches to ASDThere are a wide variety of supports and interventions employed to assist people with ASD who require them (not everyone with ASD requires or wants support). Many approaches are behavioural and are based on an understanding of the individual experience of ASD, and how they experience the world. Other approaches involve, for example, dietary interventions, sensory related therapies or medications. Not all approaches are scientifically proven to be effective for people with ASD, and, considering the individual nature of the ASD experience, any supports or interventions should be highly individualized after careful consideration of their appropriateness.
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