When a child first gets diagnosed with autism, parents may have a number of questions or concerns. While the process of navigating diagnosis, treatment, and resources may seem overwhelming, knowing the right information can help. There are several recommendations for children newly diagnosed with autism. Being aware of these recommendations and how to go about following them can help parents find the best support for their child.
Autism Speaks created two guides for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children from birth to age 5 with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development. This resource can help you locate the Early Intervention office in your county.
In Pennsylvania, your child's autism-related services may be covered by private health insurance, Medical Assistance (MA) or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Pennsylvania's Autism Insurance Act (ACT 62). ACT 62 is a statewide insurance mandate specific to services provided to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This resource provides guidance to families about Act 62.
This collection of resources includes information on what Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is, who uses it, how to tell if your child is receiving ABA and how it can be used to benefit an individual with autism.
This collection of resources provides information about what Early Intervention services include and how to access them in Pennsylvania.
Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania provide specialized services to groups of local school districts to help make those specialized services more accessible and affordable. This resource can help you locate the Intermediate Unit in your county.
This resource provides information on what BHRS is, who can provide it, how to access the service and how it can benefit an individual with autism.
Residents of Pennsylvania can seek assistance and a range of services for themselves and their families from professionally trained staff members at county assistance offices. This includes apply for additional health care coverage to help with the cost of autism services and supports. This resource will help you locate the information for the office in your county.
This guide book from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project gives detailed explanations about the eligibility requirements and process for getting Medical Assistance for a child under 18 who has a disability.
This resource provides information for families about their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to receive and access appropriate early childhood services for their child as well as what to do if they feel they have been wrongly denied services.
This resource provides suggestions for find a therapist for a variety of services as well as questions to ask to ensure your child is receiving the best possible services.
This resource provides information on what occupational therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism.
This resource provides information on what physical therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism.
This resource provides information on what Speech Language Therapy is as well as how it can benefit an individual with autism