Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Your child just received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. What do you do now? As the parent of a child with ASD, the best thing you can do for your child is to start treatment right away.
Through the screening and diagnostic process used to determine your child’s diagnosis, you might have heard and been a bit overwhelmed with many new terms. Autism spectrum disorder has many terms used to describe treatments, services, scenarios, and more. There are many resources available to you such as books, research articles, websites, and more. Unfortunately, weeding through them can be a daunting and overwhelming process. We hope to clarify some of these terms and help you understand the options available for you and your child. We have put …show more content…

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2. Johnny will benefit from intensive early intervention services aimed to address his delays in specific areas. Based on his age and diagnosis, Johnny is eligible to receive treatment through the Early Steps program, Louisiana’s early intervention program for children ages birth to three years old with developmental disabilities. Those who qualify for Early Steps can receive services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy in their home setting. It is recommended that Johnny receives early intervention at the Connect Model. The Connect Model involves a family-centered approach to evidence-based early intervention for children with disabilities and would be ideal for Johnny’s delays across areas, it is recommended that Johnny’s family contact Gina Esaterly, Ph.D., Assistant Program Manager at Early Steps at 225-287-9925 or 225-342-2586 or for questions about Early Steps.

3. With the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Johnny should be eligible for services through the Louisiana Department of Special Education Child Search program should he attend public school. Johnny’s family should contact the Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Special Populations, 626 N. 4th St.,

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