The HealthE6 Model™ outlines six pillars related to health and functioning for individuals with complex forms of autism and/or multiple disabilities. This complexity typically includes co-occurring biomedical conditions and problems such as sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems including constipation and gastroesophageal reflux disorder, seizure disorders, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, immune and metabolic problems, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions, all of which exacerbate stress. The dimensions outlined in the HealthE6 can be regulated as a foundational intervention to optimize health, functioning, and learning. When these dimensions are properly regulated, individuals will experience less stress on their body and brain resulting in decreased maladaptive behaviors and increased focus, attention, and positive interaction.
Environment: Healthy and inspiring architecture that connects people to each other and to nature; provides appropriate structure and supports; and promotes independence and community participation.
Eating: An emphasis on organic, whole foods with nutrition optimized at every point along the food chain.
Energy Regulation: Various strategies for promoting consistent daily rhythms, with a focus on movement and exercise programs along with healthy sleep habits.
Emotional Regulation: A range of mindful and creative tools for managing stressors and promoting emotional self-regulation, empathy, and self-efficacy.
Evidence-Based: Technology and data-driven assessment, with programs based on the needs of the individual.
Education: About effective interventions and the latest scientific research, with a focus on family involvement and interprofessional collaboration.