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Post Identification Guide for Providers: Education & Treatment Referral for Young Children with ASD
Finding out a child has Autism Spectrum Disorder can be a difficult experience for families. Your support is crucial, and effective communication to families can answer many potential questions and help them identify clear next steps. You can help by:
- Ensuring that comorbid conditions are identified and addressed.
- Emphasizing family participation in treatment and support from the beginning.
- Explaining that treatment will help their child reach his or her full potential. Avoid making negative long-term predictions or stating that treatment will ‘fix’ the child.
- Helping families focus on accepting and enjoying their child, while pursuing interventions and services that work for the family as a whole.
- Working together with parents and caregivers to set goals for growth through family assistance and professional interventions.
Evidence Based Interventions
It is important for families to seek and find the best resources that will result in positive outcomes since there is an overwhelming amount of treatment information. It is important that families are guided to evidence-based care for ASD and that professionals have the ability to assist in this process.
Evidence-based practices for young children with ASD according to the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on ASD:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) / Behavioral Interventions
- Naturalistic Interventions
- Communication/Language Interventions
- Peer-Mediated Intervention and Social Skills Training
- Antecedent-Based Intervention (Prevention and Environmental Modifications)
- Parent-Implemented Intervention & Training (e.g. Project Impact)
Many resources and services are available to families. However knowing where to find the information and services can be overwhelming. It is imperative that families are guided to evidence- based information and care as soon as possible in order to have the most positive opportunities and outcome.
Important Referral Information for Providers to Share with Families
Behaviorally-Based Interventions: Be specific about the child’s needs and your recommendations such as intensive Applied Behavior Analysis or focal behavioral intervention.
Note: Home and clinic services are available through Medicaid, some private insurance and private pay.
Local school district for early childhood services (age 3 and up)
You may also call the local school district’s special education office and/or the school’s principal
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services
After a Diagnosis Information Guide
Provided by Michigan Autism Council
Medical & Allied Health Care
- Continue with general pediatrician monitoring and request parental consent to send the evaluation report to the child's pediatrician for coordinated care
- Address any focal medical issues (e.g., sleeping, feeding)
- Ancillary health supports as needed per evaluation data, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Note: These services often require preauthorization and families may need a prescription from the pediatrician to access care
- Counseling, including individual, parent, or family therapy