Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
Understanding a child’s sensory and motor individual differences are central to the DIR model. While not always considered, a child’s state of health and emotional well-being can influence his ability to relate, communicate and make developmental progress. The entire afternoon panel will address how medical conditions (especially those that are associated with pain) can impact the life of a child with autism, sensory processing disorders or other mental health concerns. When these individuals have symptoms of illness, quite often it is “missed” by parents and professionals. Mis-reading, mis-diagnosing, and misunderstanding of body cues all occur in this situation. We will explore the DIR model approach to addressing these “misses” in this panel overview talk.