You love your children, perhaps even more if they?re special or different. One in 68 children in America is now affected by autism, and while we may not know what causes it, we do know that you want the best for your child and to give them every assistance and opportunity that you can.
If you?re the parent of an autistic child, you?re not alone, though it may feel like it at times. But with the help of a great special needs therapist, you and your child can get the help you need.
Today, research has shown that a valid, reliable, and stable diagnosis of autism can be made by age two and that concerns about hearing and sight are more often reported among children with autism in the first year; by six months of age differences in communication and social and fine motor skills are often discernible. Here?s the good news about all this early diagnosis, the sooner you get a diagnosis and begin treatment, the more you can offset the lifetime cost of autism related care, by 75% overall. That?s some relief, knowing there are more than 3.5 million Americans today living with a disorder that falls within the autism spectrum.
Therapists have been using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with autistics since the 1960s. Traditionally in ABA, the therapist spends between 20 and 40 hours a week working with a child one to one, whereas with modified ABA treatment, the therapist spends less time, between 10 and 15 hours a week, with the child, allowing them time for other therapies such as occupational therapy and speech therapy. And in the U.S., more than half the states (32) have laws that require health insurance companies to cover ABA therapy ? contact your health insurance provider to find out your state?s coverage.
You love your child. No one questions that. But what are you doing for them? How are you providing for their current needs and their future? ABA therapy will give you peace of mind, knowing your child is not only getting help for their special needs, but that doing so will help prepare them for a better, less costly future.