Digital medicine. Sounds impossible right? Well, it’s real and under experimentation. Researchers are exploring Project: EVO, a tool that delivers sensory and motor stimuli through and action video game experience. The tool’s purpose is to address the medicinal needs of teens who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with co-occurring attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Results from recent studies showed that children’s ability to pay attention was improved by engaging in this type of treatment. Follow-up evaluations are in queue for this project. This exciting discovery could be a turning point in treatment methods for your teen.
Benefits of Other Therapies
Finding a plan that works best for your child with Autism or ADHD is critical. This means following the advice of medical professionals to find what fits your child. There are many practices that can be enforced alongside medication to produce a positive outcome. Here are a few that you might want to explore:
- Behavioral Therapy: This type of therapy helps improve a child’s behavior, self-control, and self-esteem. This will help them to be successful at school, home, and in social situations. The strategies used in behavioral therapy will be unique to the child and how they respond. They will learn to analyze their weaknesses, improve upon them, and cope in challenging situations.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): This type of therapy focuses on reinforcing positive behaviors and teaching new skills. It requires a lot of feedback and self-reflection. ABA zeros in on teaching better communication, social skills, personal care, and school performance. Adolescents will learn how to better self-manage, self-navigate, and communicate effectively through this type of therapy.
- Occupational Therapy: This type of therapy is dedicated to helping adolescents learn how to improve upon daily tasks. The outline of the therapy will be based on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The tasks they will learn could apply to school, work, or play. Doing laundry, washing dishes, and personal hygiene are just a few examples of skills that could be learned through occupational therapy. This therapy helps to get young people on their way to being more independent.
Discover Seven Stars can help
Discover Seven Stars is an autism-based residential treatment center for adolescents ages 13 to 18. This program takes a revolutionary approach towards helping students gain control over their social and emotional behaviors. By enforcing multiple phases, students are able to obtain useful skills and develop their strengths as a way to manage their neurodevelopmental issues. Discover Seven Stars helps students recognize their potential and gain the confidence and skills they need to lead happy and healthy lives. Let us help your family today!
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Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life. He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.
Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.
Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.