The Fall edition of the Autism D.A.T.A. bulletin is available! This issue features four North American schools that use the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Model and a piece about Foundation Academics. CLICK HERE to view the Fall 2017 bulletin. You can also SIGN UP to receive an email when the next Bulletin is published.
Reduced efficiency in early sensory processing regions are precursors to autism, Canadian researchers find
Canadian researchers have found that inefficiencies in sensory processing of the auditory cortex appear as early as six months of age. They have mapped the emergence of network inefficiencies in infants that predict the severity of cognitive and behavioural challenges by 24 months of age.
With sensory processing playing such an influence on autism severity, the best interventions need to take individual sensory processing challenges into account in every aspect of intervention. There is one comprehensive, evidence-based, developmental approach that does just this: The Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model. Learn more at Affect Autism.
As the authors of the study discuss, social factors can impact development which is why the type of early intervention we provide is so essential. We urge the Ontario government to start looking at interventions that target development rather than behaviour. Offer parents choice in intervention. Neuroscience and developmental science support developmental approaches to autism intervention.
The Spring edition of the Autism D.A.T.A. bulletin is available! This issue features the Infant and Early Childhood Development graduate program at Fielding University and the research of its students. CLICK HERE to view the Spring 2017 bulletin. You can also SIGN UP to receive an email when the next Bulletin is published.
Our friends at the Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies (ADAPT) in Manitoba recently posted an update of where things stand with Developmental Therapies in Manitoba. Please check it out. As for Ontario, a lot has been happening with the new Ontario Ausitm Program (OAP) but as of yet, funding is still only available for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) or Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapies.
It is a frustration that those of us in the developmental approach therapies world have dealt with, but it’s the families who are suffering. While families sit on wait lists for behavioural therapies that work on symptoms and external behaviours, their children are losing the opportunity to learn to relate, communicate and think through relationship-based approaches. Costs for developmental approach therapies are out-of-pocket and few even know about them.
Using free resources, such as Affect Autism and the Profectum Parent Toolkit, families can begin to make an impact in their lives. But without the support of public services, there is little support to do so. The mission of Autism D.A.T.A. is to continue to petition the provincial government with the growing body of evidence and research for relationship-based therapies until they are funded.
Parents in Ontario deserve to have CHOICE in the services provided for their children with developmental delays such as autism spectrum disorder.