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However, some integrative therapies for autistic people focus on learning perspective-taking and understanding how others might have a point of view that differs from one’s own. Although understanding that other people think differently from you may be easy for most people, autistic people struggle daily with decoding the intentions of others. Autism in Adults Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. This means that: (1) autism is diagnosed in childhood; and (2) autism affects the way in which children’s cognitive and social skills develop.

Kirsten stayed with Sammy in his classroom on his first day of school. He immediately found a sorting task that he enjoyed. It seemed that he acclimated perfectly. Within a few weeks, however, Sammy began to show some startling behaviors. He did love the sorting game, but he would not let any other child use it. When a teacher insisted that he share, Sammy could not be distracted and sat in the corner and rocked back and forth until he could return to sorting. The other children seemed to understand that Sammy was different.

The overall goals of treatment are shared by all treatment philosophies. Behavior modification—the eliminating of unwanted or dangerous behaviors and increasing prosocial positive behaviors—is perhaps the most important goal of autism treatment. Clinicians want their patients to improve their social skills so that those with autism can attain the highest quality of life possible. Traditional treatment methodologies for autism do not aim to cure the disorder. Autism, as it is presently understood by the scientific community cannot be cured, though its symptoms may be managed.

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