Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may notice struggles with daily activities. These might involve the ability to focus, plan ahead, use memory, and transition between ideas and information. Together, these are called executive functions. Children, like adults, need a balance of these functions to thrive.
Traditional western treatment often focuses on behavioral modification training and medications for ASD. While these can be effective, they can also be costly and time-consuming.
The Chanwuyi Lifestyle Medicine program, developed by Dr. Suiyin Agnes Chan, offers an overall wellness approach. It’s based on Chinese medicine concepts of balance and energy flow.
The recommendations in this program are straightforward and accessible. Multiple studies have shown their effectiveness for children struggling with ASD (Chan et al., 2014; Chan & Sze, 2020). The program can provide improvements ranging from better behaviors to increased focus.
Chanwuyi Lifestyle Medicine focuses on key areas that impact wellness, including:
● Physical activity
● Stress management
● Psychological well-being
Here’s a brief look at each area, along with links to helpful resources to learn more.