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What to Look for in an Autism Treatment Provider
As you begin to research options for autism treatment provider, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider as you make this incredibly important decision.
What are your “must haves”?
You are going to have a long-term relationship with the treatment provider you choose. It’s critical that this be a good match – for the both of you. Stop and take a good hard look at your child’s needs, your family’s goals and your overall circumstances.
For example, you might prioritize that your child is seen at a specific time. Your circumstances might mean that Monday nights simply, absolutely don’t work. And that’s okay. There is no right answer here! Every family and every set of circumstances are different.
The important thing is to have a clear idea of what your family has to have or positively cannot have – and then be up front about it. If the provider can’t meet these needs, the relationship won’t work.
What details can the provider tell you?
A good provider will be able to provide specifics about how they operate. Be sure to ask questions such as:
- Who will see my child?
- What qualifications does this person/people have?
- How are treatment programs designed?
- How are treatment programs monitored?
- How will we know if my child is making progress?
- How will information be communicated to me?
Because so much of autism treatment requires the work of specialists, ask the provider about his/her areas of expertise. Make sure those areas are those that are most important for your family.
Also, don’t forget to discuss the clinic’s administrative policies, such as what happens if you need to cancel a session at the last minute. This can shed a lot of insight into what it will be like to work with everyone at the clinic.
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