If you think that your child may have ASD, the first step is to get a diagnosis.
Your pediatrician can direct you to a testing facility to receive an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment. You may also call the phone number on the back of your insurance card for more information. The results from this assessment are used to determine if your child meets the criteria for a diagnosis.
If your child does meet the criteria, there are services that can help. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has shown to be highly effective in teaching the skills your child needs to lead a successful life. These skills include communication, daily living skills, social interaction, play skills and many more. ABA is covered under most insurance policies as a preferred treatment for children, teens and young adults with ASD. If you have questions about your policy, please call your insurance provider directly to learn more about your individual coverage.
Applied Behavior Analysis has been shown to be the most effective when started at a young age with children with ASD. Studies have shown that children who received forty hours of services made the most gains. Research has also shown that children receiving less than ten hours of services made far fewer gains. When scheduling your child for ABA services, keep in mind that the more hours your child is able to attend for therapy, the more potential there is for improvement.