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Standard Healthcare

Standard healthcare (aka conventional medicine) includes a wide range of approaches which are accepted and used by the majority of health care professionals in the UK and other Western countries including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Conventional medicine includes art therapy, chiropody/podiatry, diets, medication, medical procedures, neurology, occupational therapy, orthoptics/prosthetics, orthotics, osteopathy, physiotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, radiography, speech and language therapy and therapeutic recreation.

Most doctors and allied health professionals use a variety of approaches and techniques. For example, occupational therapists, psychologists and speech and language therapists often work together using a combination of behavioural, developmental, AAC and motor-sensory interventions.

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