Autism: Inclusive Diagnosis vs Exclusive Treatment
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The focus of this research lies in examining both the inclusivity of diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as the importance of an exclusive approach to treatment. This research aims to encourage professionals to tailor their research and treatment plans to the idea that each case of autism is unique and must be treated as such. A conflict arises as the definition and diagnosis of ASD continue to broaden but treatment remains the same. With the broadening spectrum for diagnosis, many are asking this question: Has ASD become so inclusive it is no longer practical to treat people exclusively? This research shows the opposite; a broader scale should only mean that each person should be treated exclusively as autism manifests itself very differently in each of their lives. Although there is not a cure for autism yet, those with all kinds of ASD can and should be encouraged to develop their individual uniqueness. Autism does not need to be a disability in a person’s life, instead it can be seen as the ability to make a unique contribution to society.