Labels, labels and more labels -
Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asbergers Syndrome, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD, Special Educational Needs and Challenging Behaviour.
Sometimes having a label can be an advantage, if it enables you to receive the help needed, but labels can become part of the problem, especially if it is just used as an excuse for the individuals behaviour. What all these conditions have in common, is that the same therapeutic techniques will reduce the whole range of symptoms that may occur around these conditions.
There is a huge overlap between Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and the other learning difficulties listed above. The severity of symptoms for these conditions are hugely dependent on our emotions, social interactions and the environment around us. The severity of these symptoms, however, are not fixed, and can be improved remarkably by looking at our emotional needs.
Children and adults will benefit from clear, consistent, structured education methods. There needs to be a holistic assessment of every individual and measurement of how well they are getting the appropriate amount of emotional nourishment to support their development. With such a clear picture of a human being and his or her needs, we can then look at the resources required to support the individual effectively.
The therapeutic interventions we use with anyone either on the autistic spectrum or with behavioural problems are designed to lead to the maximum degree of independence possible for that individual.