A better way to care for people who are autistic and intellectually disabled?

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of complex disorders of brain development that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behavior.

Those with Intellectual disabilities (ID) have significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior which covers many everyday social and practical skills.

Both may require treatment and care over the course of a lifetime.

Both also are treated with interventions and support.  The conditions themselves are not treated with medications.

A new concept is being implemented to deliver services to those with ASD and ID: a patient-centered health care home model.

Listen to this Smart Talk interview with Dr. Michael Fueyo, Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Tim Caldwell, Director of Applied Behavioral Analysis at CADD.  Both are affiliated with Philhaven Behavioral Health.

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Dr. Michael Fueyo and Tim Caldwell on Smart Talk