Diagnosis, Approaches & Outcomes
Diagnosis of ASDMulti-disciplinary diagnostic assessment is recommended and may involve a range of professionals; including at least Psychiatry, Psychology, Speech and Language and Autism Specialists. Diagnosis is sometimes a lengthy process and is often particularly difficult in intelligent adults, whose symptoms are sometimes subtle. Early diagnosis tends to improve outcomes.
Approaches to ASDASD is a heterogenous disorder and there is no support formula or specific treatment that will work or be appropriate for all. Intervention and support approaches are informed by many factors, including the severity of symptoms, the environment, and any learning or behavioural concerns. Often support approaches are behavioural-environmental and are based on an understanding of the persons unique experience of ASD. Other approaches may 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 ASD, any supports or interventions should be highly individualized after careful consideration of their appropriateness.
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