What Does a Diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder Mean?

Autism represents an alternate path of brain development, which is accompanied by both certain strengths and certain challenges. The signs of autism usually are noticeable within the first few years of life when a child does not meet typical developmental milestones for socialization and communication.

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The goal of autism treatment, however, should not be to fill in the “missing gaps” in development. This mistaken approach often leads to stalled progress for years. Rather, the goal is to support children in progressing along their own unique developmental path, to higher and higher levels of ability across all domains of learning.

What Does Quality Treatment for Autism Look Like?

A customized treatment program for autism should employ a variety of tools and techniques. Within the Cortica Care Model, these include:

  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies (e.g., electroencephalography, genetic/metabolic testing, non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation, and more)

  • Nutrition Therapy and Supplementation

  • Speech-Language Therapy (both spoken language and written language)

  • Behavior Intervention (Applied Behavior Analysis [ABA] as well as Relationship-Based approaches)

  • Physical Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Music Therapy

  • Parent Education and Training

  • Education and Academic Consultations

  • Family Counseling