Frequently asked questions
We understand how complicated and lost families can feel when discussing ASD or possible Autism diagnoses. Below are some FAQ that we want to try to answer for you. Feel free to contact us to discuss our ASD services located here.
What does Autism
Autism evaluation is broken into 3 separate appointments:
The first appointment is for parents/caregivers only and is scheduled for 1.5 hours. Parents will assist in completion of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) which is an extended interview designed to elicit a full range of information needed to produce a diagnosis of Autism and related disorders referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
The second appointment is for the child/individual and is scheduled for 1.5 hours. The individual will complete the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) which is a semi-structured, standardized assessment that includes a number of play-based activities designed to obtain information in the areas of communication, reciprocal social interactions, and restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with a diagnosis of ASD.
The third appointment is a scheduled feedback session in order for the results to be presented to the family and treatment recommendations to be discussed.
What treatments are recommended for a diagnosis of ASD?
Autism is a Spectrum Disorder because it can present in many different ways and symptoms vary person to person. There are many treatments and therapies that can help with symptoms of ASD, however, some of them may not be appropriate for your specific needs.
It is best to discuss with your medical team what evidence based therapies are available and if they are medically necessary for your child. Services to inquire about include: Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Social Skills Groups, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy/Parent Training and Behavioral Therapy.
Will my insurance cover Autism services?
Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan. It is best to understand what is covered and what is not prior to starting treatments in order to avoid unexpected out of pocket costs. When it comes to Autism testing and ABA therapy, insurance plans usually have specific guidelines to follow in order for these services to be covered (i.e. practitioner credentials, approved testing centers, etc.) Insurance can be difficult to navigate, but it is beneficial to fully understand your plan prior to entering treatment.
Can Autism be cured?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability. Developmental disabilities include conditions that show impairment in areas of language, motor skills, learning and behaviors and begin during a child’s development (prior to the age of 36 mos.) Developmental disabilities are life-long, however, symptoms can be treated and minimized. The goal of Autism treatment is to reduce the symptoms related to ASD, support development and increase ability and functioning.