Q. My child has been diagnosed with autism, what do I do now? And what should I look for in therapy services?
A. First, take time to adjust. A diagnosis does not define your wonderful and unique child, rather it allows you to access funding for the treatment of their symptoms. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is the only treatment approved by the US Surgeon General for effective treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Begin by seeking an ABA company that employs Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are skilled at working with children with autism. When looking for therapy services, seek a company that incorporates your input and goals, individualizes treatment to your child’s needs, and collaborates care with your child’s medical and educational teams. A collaborative and comprehensive approach along with compassionate care can make all the difference for your child and your family.
Rebecca Womack, MS, BCBA, LBA \ Area Clinical Director \ Blue Sprig Pediatrics \ www.bluesprigautism.com/blog