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DT - Direction Therapy CMT

DT - Direction Therapy CMT

Direction Therapy CMT (Coordinated Multidisciplinary Treatment) is a clinical intervention initially designed to treat to young adults on the autism spectrum. The overall goal is to help prepare young adults for independent living. Once just a theoretical idea, Directions therapy CMT was created to cater to the diverse presentations and comorbidities that regularly accompany an autism diagnosis. By integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology, this evidence-based approach has proven successful and now extends its benefits to a broader population of young adults, including those without autism.

Direction Therapy CMT brings together therapeutic services including psychology, psychiatry, vocational training, academic services, financial skills training, and life management skill training into a comprehensive service plan. Each client’s Direction Therapy CMT service plan guides services and clinical treatment. This plan is developed by our clinical professionals using a combination of current and historical information about the student and family. These typically include academic transcripts and standardized test scores, historical psycho- educational reports, in person interviews, and vocational & psychological assessments.

Flexibility is a crucial aspect of this model, both statistically and scientifically, as it allows for addressing the multitude of variables and comorbidities that may accompany an autism spectrum diagnosis.

To assess the effectiveness of the treatment, outcomes are systematically reviewed by identifying and monitoring specific long and short-term goals across the various domains, such as clinical, academic, vocational, life management skills, financial, and psycho-social.

For instance, let’s consider the prevalence of anxiety as a relatively common comorbid issue, affecting approximately half of individuals diagnosed on the spectrum. Often, parents and clients underestimate the negative impact anxiety can have on an individual’s life, leading many young adults to feel “stuck” due to social and/or functional obstacles. In such an example of course, a targeted treatment strategy addressing anxiety would become an integral part of the overall Direction Therapy CMT plan. Additionally, it is vital to understand and address how anxiety might be influencing other domains, such as academics, vocational, social domains, and more. This may entail personalized interventions, including specific therapies, pharmacological supports, academic and vocational assistance, and more.

Integral to the Direction Therapy CMT model is also the structured communication system which allows clinicians, professionals, clients, and their families to maintain the necessary communication required to be consist ant and affective in their treatment approach.

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