Celebrate Autism Awareness

Think your child may be on the Spectrum?

Celebrate Autism Awareness. April is National Autism Month. A time to shine light on a condition that affects 1 out of 54 children, according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

Diagnosis is just the beginning. Where do you go after that?
Our friends at Apara Autism Center suggest five resources to contact to begin navigating the path to life with a child on the spectrum.
  1. Contact your insurance representative
    • While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, your insurance policy will play a critical role in the resources you are able to access for your child. We would highly recommend that you seek out information from your insurance provider on what your policy covers and what your financial responsibility may look like. Here is a fantastic resource on how to navigate your insurance policy coverage.  Due to the long waitlist, you may also want to sign up for Medicaid Waivers in case you may want to access those services in the future
  2. Research Therapy Providers
    • Most likely, a variety of different therapies may be recommended for your child. Even if you are hesitant to immediately begin therapy with your young child, the saying, “the earlier the better” is very true in regard to best possible outcomes for your child! Speak about these concerns with your therapy provider and develop a plan that you think will be the best fit for you and your child. See our previous blog post about quality indicators to look for in a therapy provider. Here are some other resource lists to help find the best fit therapy providers for your family
  3. Ensure Therapy is Evidence-Based!
  4. Get involved in the community or find a support group
  5. Social Groups or Extracurricular Activities
Apara Autism Center – Three locations to serve you in Memorial, Katy & Sugar Land. www.aparaautism.com
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