Managing Autism Journey

Your Personal Guide to Recovery

The journey to recovery can be a tricky path to navigate for parents, providers and educators as they try to help an individual diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With ever-growing databases of information on everything from dietary treatments for children with ASD to how to potty-train your diagnosed child, it can be difficult to know where to start. Special Learning provides a comprehensive visual roadmap and a step-by-step guide to inform, educate and empower you through the Journey to Recovery, from the first day of diagnosis to the day your son or daughter becomes an adult.

Journey to Recovery was conceived as a way to provide a common sense and orderly way of browsing the immense amount of information you'll find in our database. From diagnosis to long-lasting coordination plans, Journey to Recovery provides the most accurate and fact-based resources, including articles, checklists, videos, databases and apps, translated in an easy-to-understand format that parents of diagnosed children can use to effectively manage life with a special needs child.

We selected three major parts of the journey that parents and providers must focus the most time and attention on while caring for their child with ASD: diagnosis, funding and treatment.

Diagnosis is first because without proper diagnosis at a young age, the possibility of the child living to their maximum potential may never be what it could have been. Diagnosing a child with an ASD condition is very complex and parents may be uncertain who to turn to for help when they first notice their child exhibiting symptoms of ASD. Most parents are not aware that there are categories of professionals that are best qualified to render the diagnosis, or that more than one type of diagnostician may be necessary to make an accurate determination of where on the spectrum of autism their child's condition rests.

The diagnosis usually determines the programming that the child is qualified to receive under healthcare plans or Medicaid/Medicare, and, therefore, the level of funding the child will receive. An inaccurate diagnosis can have significant repercussions on determining what monetary and insurance resources a child is eligible for.

Funding is also an incredibly intricate subject. Parents often become lost and frustrated as they try to navigate the various county and state chains of command to determine what funding is available and the level of funding that their child is eligible for. The Funding section of Journey to Recovery contains informative articles about insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, family assistance grants and various other ways to cover the costs of treatment for your child.

Finally, there is Treatment. Although there is no single known cure for autism, Journey to Recovery forms you about the different types of treatments available and their advantages to enable you to make the best choices for your child's treatment. Here, you will also learn how you and the entire family can work together to begin or continue your child's treatment at home and monitor progress.