When you were trying to obtain a diagnosis for your child’s ASD, you no doubt tried to learn all you could about the disorder, its possible causes, and what you could expect in the future.
Now that you have a diagnosis, you want to formulate a plan of action so that your child can receive the best possible treatment and intervention.
But how do you know what works? ASD intervention is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, nor will all treatments work for your child.
Symptoms and manifestations of ASD can vary widely from child to child, so you may have to work through some trial and error as you find the best treatment for your child.
ASD treatment is intensive and comprehensive. The child’s entire family may work with professionals to provide treatment.
Programs that take place away from home may carry over into the home, so the best start toward finding the right intervention approach for your child is to work with the treatment team as closely as possible.
Because many evaluations for ASD are based on the results of tests, these results will isolate what your child’s strongest and weakest areas of development are.
Discuss with the evaluation team what areas need the most attention the soonest, and find out which treatments focus on those areas. You may want to start your research by contacting the Autism Society of America (ASA).
Since many therapists may have waiting lists, find out how best to get seen soonest. Your insurance company may dictate where care is received, so contacting the appropriate person at your insurance carrier is a good step toward determining which specialists to contact.
Your pediatrician or any of the other professionals on the team of evaluators may have insights or referral information for you.
Get in touch with other parents, either through a support group or on your own. They may be able to offer you suggestions and practical advice about what therapies worked well for their children.
While this isn’t a substitute for professional advice, it can help you feel less overwhelmed by treatment options and offer a sounding board for your concerns.
This Next Part Is The MOST Important
As your child begins treatment, stay connected to him or her. You know your child best, so you are the expert on knowing what treatments and interventions are working and which seem not to be.
Don’t expect results overnight, but if you feel like you need to change the course of treatment, speak up.
Learn all you can about your intervention options and become an advocate for your child so you can assure that he or she receives the best and most beneficial care.