Accessing the Services - Times of Autism

Accessing the Services

Access to educational services and interventional programs

Having autism diagnosis is not mandatory for addressing delays in development or challenges in learning. These services are made available free of cost through the early interventional programs. Further, you can always request your doctor have your child referred.

For children under 3 years

Do you find yourself being concerned about your child?

Get in touch with your state’s early interventional office for getting an evaluation done. It should be noted that there is no charge associated with evaluation.

The law has made it mandatory for having the evaluation results available within 60 days post your written request.

The evaluation results further help to ascertain the eligibility of the child for accessing early interventional programs which go by the name Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

These programs are tailored to suit an individual’s needs.

For children above 3 years

If your child has been diagnosed with autism or any other development challenge, federal laws require the school district to work in tandem with parents to have an Individualized Education Program developed.

The program has been designed to address specific needs of children pertaining to education.

Get in touch with your school district to understand more about the eligibility criteria.

Nevertheless, to avail these services a child need not necessarily have an autism diagnosis.

Next: Learn More About Autism

Previous:

Learning the Signs

Getting Your Child Screened