After a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): What's Next?

After a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): What's Next?

Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) After Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Whats Next? Get early intervention services as soon as possible. To determine eligibility for free educational and family services contact: Early On Michigan (birth - age 3) Link to the Early On website or call 1-800-Early On Build Up Michigan (ages 3 through 5) Link to the Build Up Michigan website or call your Child Find Coordinator or the Michigan Special Education Information Line at 1-888-320-8384 Your local school district (ages 3 and up) at find your school district or call your local school district administration office. Is your child covered by private insurance? Contact your insurance company to find out if Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech therapy, psychological, or other services are available for children with ASD (See the Guide for Insurance Representative Communications for questions to ask) Is your child covered by Medicaid Insurance? Contact your local CMH to access ABA, speech therapy, psychological, or other services Ask anyone who is working with your child how you can teach and support your child at home. Use goals and strategies taught at school and in therapy during your daily routines. Connect with your local autism support group. Also be sure to take care of yourself and your family. This might include seeking parent training or sibling support groups. This Provider Guide is available with clickable links at: www.michigan.gov/autism click Resources

Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) After Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Whats Next? Educate yourself through trainings, conferences, websites, and books. It is important that you find information that has good supporting evidence such as these websites: Autism Spectrum Disorders Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Evidence-Based Practices National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC) and Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) Special Education Resources for Families Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) Be a member of your childs school team and health care team. Advocate for your child by setting goals and developing plans for now and in the future. Working together is very important. You are the center of your childs team! Talk to your immediate family, extended family, and friends about what your child needs and how they can help. A good book to share with others is 10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm. Develop a safety plan, especially if you child has a tendency to wander. Find information at Autism Safety Project Resources If you need additional guidance, find help from the Autism Alliance of Michigan at MiNavigator Program or 1-877463-AAOM One suggested resource for families of newly identified children is the First 100 Day Kit by Autism Speaks. This Provider Guide is available with clickable links at: www.michigan.gov/autism click Resources

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