Autism and the Environment 101: Online Course 4

Thinking about environment can be helpful in daily life because

  • We can avoid, remove or prevent environmental risks
  • Many kinds of harm from environmental factors can potentially be reduced or reversed

We hope this information will help you to understand the emerging dramatic shift in thought. It has significant impact on our approach to and expected outcomes for individuals with ASD:

Old Model: Autism is an incurable, life-long, hard-wired genetic brain disorder.

New Model: Autism is a whole-body condition, with genetic vulnerabilities and environmental triggers, which presents many opportunities for interventions that can improve level of functioning, health and well-being.


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