Autism Intersection...now streaming on "The Autism Channel"!
ASD is too complex for narrow or single-minded perspectives. The notion that there is “1 right answer” or a “single best approach” is limiting and potentially harmful when trying to address it. None-the-less, there is tremendous fragmentation in the field. This is a reality that exacerbates and compounds the many challenges people in the Autism Community already face. The WesternU FACE Group (Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education) promotes an integrated perspective in which diverse viewpoints are not only valuable, but critical to being able to understand the bigger picture and any given individual’s constellation of symptoms. The more broad-based the overall perspective, the greater the opportunity to identify potential solutions for patients. The broader the framework, the more likely better research questions can be asked. This program brings together various, and sometimes seemingly incompatible, viewpoints from our diverse Faculty so that knowledge and understanding of Autism can be enriched, and thus so can the ability to help. It’s imperative that we stop taking an “Autistic” approach to Autism. Furthermore, a positive frame must accompany perspective on any given patient, one that identifies what a patient CAN do, not just what they can’t. Treatment approaches should be based on building from current levels of functionality. ALL progress, no matter how small, is a success and should always be celebrated. For more information about this program, please visit The Autism Channel at http://theautismchannel.tv/.
Below is a video link list of the "Autism Intersection" episode broken down by each perspective: