Friday, May 10, 2024

what therapist to choose? choose the one that is closest and works as per your needs and guidance of your developmental pediatrician - Dr kondekar

Psychologsts versus therapists .. 

The issue is settled with pure understanding that autism being a primary neurodevelopmental disorder with require a neuro developmental or SI OR OT therapists and it is not a primary psychological or behavioural or psychiatric disorder to require psychiatrists  or behavioural psychologist to manage the same.

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We even see arguments in psychiatrists  versus psychologists ..
It's because a decade ago autism was thought to be a behaviours disorder and 2 decades ago it was thought to be a psychaitric disorder and 3 decades ago it was called childhood psychoses or schizophrenia.

 I see maddening run for CBT , ABA,RDI, other branded therapies in autism. Please understand that your OT ST and neuro pediatrician is enough to manage holistically and help you decide when to go for it and whether it is really needed. 
Please save time and resources for early intervention, whatever u can do is best but always be least for your kids.
Some brands u will find only in cities and very far from your location, and it's not worth wasting that much time if u have a therapist locally who can learn those tricks and help u modify holistic care.
If available across the door go for both,. See what suits and stick to it. Autism is not a single set of symptoms presenting same way to be managed by short term courses (that cost a huge bomb.,)
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What is most important is something should be started and u should switch to other if u feel it doesn't work in 100 days.  Go for one who puts their heart into therapy .
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N SIMPLE WORDS... OT /ST is generic... And others are branded... But the key differences being the branded methodists are not trained in basic human neurosciences and diseases the way the Therapist education goes.  Branded therapies seem to be a shortcut but can't be holistic.

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ABA is a principle of life , every human and every therapist has to incorporate in their interventions. All ABA do use concepts of therapy for development of necessary socialisation.

 ABA can only be top up and not replacement for basic OT. AbA are not always trained in OT but it's easy for an OT to undertsand all ABA and practice. Don't spoil peace of Ur mind and waste money just bcos one doesn't have a brand ABA person within 20 km of ur stay. It's not possibly practical. Fees of specialists go on rising more the shortage is created with more special names and not dependent on quality care.
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When we say we all need rice and Dal to eat, each hotel comes up with their own dishes to say theirs is the best and most effective nutrition.  Now every one knows we all have home made daal rice is the best . But we do need some tips to make the home made daal rice a little more tastier and nutritive.
Same is aba on top up of OT. What ABA imhas created a brand name for different techniques... Is actually practised by many therapists world wide and ABA want to call it's separate name.. and in that brand it's forgetting the holistic and basic OT which is required for the child.
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All are parts of therapies just a section taken out and branded as name to market ... Only for a section of improvement. Don't fall for it. Sit with the therapist you have available and close, discuss with them and chalk downs plan.. don't run here n there...  Plan your goals . And u will start seeing improvements. If u find no change with an intensive program of therapy over 3 months . .. re-wise.   ***Discuss with neuropediatrician, ask for second opinion let there be healthy communication-between tow therapists.. and continue with closest and comfortable places. 
Otherwise we had seen people running for camels milk too spending all the resources and time which they would have used for the child at that moment.
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it's just a marketting strategy and many OT and ST practice same techniques world wide. It's a brand name that they had developed... And sell at high rates. Don't fall for it. More so ABA ARE NOT TRAINED IN BASIC HUMAN SCIENCES LIKE OT ARE. So they don't understand exact developmental disorders.. and hence they are ineffective in managing kids who have abnormal behaviour  due to brain issues. There is a specific role for ABA in learning. 
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OT with SI is the best form of therapy for autism .please discuss with your neurodevelopmental pediatrician how they can guide in achieving what therapist is best at what level of the issue and how to chalk out a collective plan if needed and also about medications to make child therapy ready and improve the speed of interventions.

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