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What to Do after You Receive an Autism Diagnosis? 

1. Contact Insurance: While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, your insurance policy will play a critical role in the resources you are able to access for your child. We would highly recommend that you seek out information from your insurance provider on what your policy covers and what your financial responsibility may look like. Due to the long wait list, you may also want to sign up for Medicaid Waivers in case you may want to access those services in the future

2. Research Providers: Most likely, a variety of different therapies may be recommended for your child. Even if you are hesitant to immediately begin therapy with your young child, the saying, “the earlier the better” is very true in regard to best possible outcomes for your child! Find the right fit for your family and your child. 

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3. Always Chose Evidence Based: Lots of types of therapies are promoted as improving the lives of individuals with autism with extreme claims, but they are just that, claims. If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Do your research and due diligence to ensure the claim is merited. Another tip: most therapies that are evidence based will be covered by insurance, whereas those with extreme claims will not be covered and likely very expensive with limited progress occurring or potential harm to your child.

4. Find a Support Group!: Remember you are not in this alone! Here are some groups. 

Greater Houston Autism Supports

Autism Speaks Houston

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