Years of research has shown that early diagnosis and intervention is important, and that most children with autism respond well to highly structured, specialized programs. Acting early can help children with autism reach their full potential.
It is important to remember that children with autism can get sick or injured just like children without autism. Regular medical and dental exams should be part of a child’s intervention plan.
Before you make decisions on your child’s treatment, you will want to gather information about the various options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make your decision on your child’s treatment based on your child’s needs.
Here are some resources you will find helpful in finding a service provider near you:
A Directory of Professional Providers
Serving the Autism Community
The Autism Society of Minnesota publishes a list of professional services and providers in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin who work with individuals and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Included are services and/or providers that have been deemed helpful by consumers. You can download the Resource Directory for free.
Autism Resources Across the United States
The Autism Society of America strives to offer only credible and reliable resources and has collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S to create a listing of autism providers. Autism Source™, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. Search nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type.
United States Department of Health and Human Services
This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You can access this information in several ways by selecting a State or U.S. Territory from the map or drop-down menu.
MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES LOCATOR. A searchable directory of mental health treatment facilities and support services.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIRECTORY. A list of consumer, family, and advocacy organizations that provides comprehensive information about these mental health resources.
STATE RESOURCE GUIDE. A summary of national and State organizations that provide professional advocacy protection, family support programs, financing information, and self-help groups.