Accessing Care, Support, and Education
April has come to be known as World Autism Awareness Month in recent years, with the call to "Light it Up Blue" and wear something blue on April 2. But the needs of our members with autism and their families are very real and life-altering year round. Care, support, and education - along with awareness - are on the minds of those affected, every minute of every day.
Types of Care
Getting the right care at the right time is based on an individual's needs, and requires an attentive, knowledgeable team of providers. A plan of care could include any or all of the following (note: this is not the full list of current care options):
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior
- Floortime: a relationship-based therapy for children with autism
- Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT): a behavioral treatment for autism
- Speech-language Therapy: addresses challenges with language and communication
- Verbal Behavior (VB) Therapy: teaches communication and language
Tufts Health Plan may cover medically necessary ABA Services for you or one of your dependents. Learn more about coverage.
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Finding help in your area can seem overwhelming when first receiving a diagniosis. Howewer, coordinating services is key in handling the day to day stresses that will inevitably pop up. The following local agencies offer autism services in your community:
- Autism Speaks® NH Resource Guide: advocay, education, and support services
- The Autism Community in Action (TACA) NH Chapter: education, support, and hope
According to the Autism Society of America, "Individuals with autism do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes." They offer the following resources to learn more about individuals with autism by age and life stage:
- Infants and Toddlers (from 3 months to 3 years)
- School Age
- Transition to Adulthood (beginning at age 16)
For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early.