The traditional therapeutic professional concept is built upon disciplines such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Psychology and some include Special Education. In addition to these disciplines there are different broad methods that were developed in order to give therapeutic answers that weren't being provided within the traditional disciplines. Such methods are: ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), Son-Rise, Bobath, DIR etc.
Every therapeutic method or discipline interprets the child's condition from its own point of view and in a statistical metaphor "explain" only a certain part of the phenomena. All of them tell the truth, but how much of the truth? The MDT method acts on a different level – it tries to use all the known methods and techniques and subsequently explain the child's condition. It thus builds a more accurate treatment program while using techniques and ideas from all methods.
It is not easy to implement the MDT since it requires a broad knowledge of as many methods as possible, the ability to integrate all the knowledge and come to the final decision, as well as the flexibility of thinking and the courage to face this challenge.
MDT method is a tool designed to implement the multi-disciplinary therapy idea. Many therapists and educators believe in the idea but in order to work with it they need a tool that will guide them through the process. The MDT method pretends to give the answer. It is a dynamic, developing tool that includes:
1. Evaluation forms for all domains.
2. Analysis forms that help the therapists and guide them in the analysis process.
3. Treatment plan forms
4. Treatment programs for every domain
5. Accessories and tools for every therapeutic subject
The MDT method is a broad concept of integrative analysis and treatment of the whole developmental path. MDT acts and offers intervention on different levels – consultant, case management, one on one treatment, MDT Para-professionals and family guidance and inter-professional collaboration.
The tool is a work in progress, continually being improved while being used successfully in therapeutic practice.