“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team…”
Have you ever heard the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work?” It’s really true! Every child learns in their own way but to best support children with Autism especially, developing a strategy and implementing a multidisciplinary approach is key! Having a team that includes parents, special needs teachers, therapists, specialists and medical professionals can make a positive impact on child development and help children to develop greater independence too.
The most successful multidisciplinary approaches take into account a family’s lifestyle and adapt and design accordingly. This helps to create the best environment for all. A collaborative relationship and good communication can also help to integrate new strategies in the home and out in the community. It also can be practiced in everyday life and through independent tasks. So, the truth is, a multidisciplinary approach really can help children to achieve their goals and feel safe and comfortable as they work towards achieving their goals.
Choosing to go with a team approach can offer different perspectives, especially when adapting and designing learning opportunities for children. This approach can also serve to provide support in various aspects of a child’s program, their overall wellbeing and in their day-to-day life. One way this could benefit learning in the home is through incorporating a bedtime routine.
For example, first parents and families can decide how they want to adapt and design their child’s room, which colors would be most soothing, and what would help with sensory regulation. Then, a therapist can come in and implement visuals and put a strategy in place. This could then be discussed with the student’s teachers and medical professionals, so everyone is involved and can offer their feedback as well.
In various ways, therapists could provide support in helping children to acquire independent and functional living skills, and work on decreasing certain “challenging” behaviors that may be unhelpful or harming for the child, family and peers. And, it all starts with adapt and design!
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