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Integrated Regional Autism Program: The IRAP Multidisciplinary Model

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2020

N. Varrucciu
Affiliation:
Local health authority, health and disability integrated program, Bologna, Italy
M. Manfredini
Affiliation:
Local health authority, department of mental health and addictions, Bologna, Italy
A. Di Santantonio
Affiliation:
Local health authority, health and disability integrated program, Bologna, Italy
P. Roversi
Affiliation:
Local health authority, health and disability integrated program, Bologna, Italy
R. Di Sarro
Affiliation:
Local health authority, health and disability integrated program, Bologna, Italy

Abstract

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Introduction

Receiving an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis often is daunting for individuals and families because of the life-long difficulties with functioning, health and quality of life [1]. “Casa del Giardiniere” is the reference facility for ASD at the Local health authority. The multidisciplinary team is composed by child psychiatrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, behavior analyst, educator, speech therapists, neuropsychomotor therapist, and social worker. Following the international guidelines for the neurodevelopmental disorders, patients’ age changed from 0–18-year-old to lifespan.

Objectives

This work aims to illustrate our model, resulting from the integration of family, social and health services, and school.

Methods

Data on demographic, family, and clinical factors were gathered among subjects admitted to our ASD unit along 2015. All participants underwent to the following process: diagnostic assessment, Functional assessment of speech, communication, cognitive and adjustment skills, treatment, and parent training.

Results

Data showed a general improvement of skills. The best results were achieved when a full sharing of methods and strategies in all areas of life were possible. Results will be discussed in details.

Conclusions

This model allows to realize efficient individualized treatment programs and to benefit of specific training both on intervention programs and approach with families. Furthermore, parents learn to “see” their child not only within its limits.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their declaration of competing interest.

Type
e-Poster walk: Child and adolescent psychiatry – Part 5
Copyright
Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2017

References

Roberts, J.M.A.Prior, M.A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing: 2006 10.1037/e506622012-001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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