If your child has been diagnosed with autism, it can be beyond stressful to know what to do next. I want to share with you next steps to get your child on the road to increasing their communication and getting their needs met. I will be sharing tips and strategies as outlined on the Milestones First Diagnosis Tool Kit. Make sure to put your email below, to get your autism diagnosis checklist.
- Learn about the different evidenced based therapies available and decide which you will incorporate into your child’s life
- Contact an early intervention agency in your area, if your child is under the age of 3 to receive developmental services
- Reach out to your school district’s Director of Pupil Services or Special Education Coordinator – they help families with school-aged children (ages 3 – 21) with special needs
- Initiate a request at your child’s school to get your child a full evaluation. This may include academic, speech and occupational testing. This will be dependent on your child’s individual needs.
- Research opportunities for funding necessary therapies through scholarships and waivers. This will vary based on your location.
- If you are eligible, Medicaid is also a financial resource to pay for possible medical or other disability-related care services. You can apply for assistance by contacting your county’s Department of Job and Family Services.
- Educate yourself about IEPs or Section 504 plans, to determine what is applicable for your child. A good online resource is Wrightslaw.com
- Find a speech language pathologist. Working with someone who is well versed in working with students with autism is important. Ask about this before starting services. Find a speech therapist in your area.
- Learn more about autism, interventions and resources.
- Still have questions about autism, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we are here to help!
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