Effective treatment options for students with autism are sometimes difficult to find. Without them though families often struggle to maintain the behaviors and the social acceptance of these children. While public schools attempt to do their best in providing for the needs of all children, they are always operating on tight budget restrictions that must be used for the benefit of all students.
Even the very best public school districts that provide wonderful educational and social experiences for students through their young adult years can not possibly be expected to meet the needs of every single individual student. Specific autism therapy treatment catered toward an individual child will often significantly increase a student’s chance for living a meaningful life with much needed interaction with peers and caring adults.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Fortunately, research shows that cost of lifelong autism-related care can be reduced by as much as 66% with early diagnosis and treatment. Another piece of good news is that research has shown that a diagnosis of autism at age two can be reliable, valid, and stable.
Effective treatment like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help autistic students who are diagnosed early. In ABA, the therapist spends 20 to 40 hours per week working one-on-one with a child. Currently, 32 out of the 50 states in the U.S. have laws that require health insurers to cover ABA therapy. Although this treatment may not be known to the general public, since the 1960s therapists have been applying behavior analysis to help children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with other related developmental disorders.
Is your child one of the one in 68 students affected diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum? Does your child who can function so well at home struggle in unpredictable settings? If so, are you happy with the treatment and therapy options that you are currently providing your child? If not, it is worth your time to research and investigate what other life changing treatment options may be available? Knowing that a majority of states require insurance companies to cover well known therapies, doesn’t it make sense to provide your child every opportunity for future success?
Through early autism diagnosis, future autism related-care can be significantly reduced. Through continued therapy and proven treatment options like ABA, children with autism can find greater success, comfort, and social acceptance.