The prevalence of autism is growing. More children will be diagnosed with autism than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Information from a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) showed that developmental disabilities are as common as 1 in every 6 children between the age of 3 and 12 in the U.S between 2006-2008. There was a 17.1% increase from 1997 to 2008. The information provided underscores the increasing need for specialised services for children with autism, developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities.
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Michael began his ABA therapy sessions in May 2014. Remarkably, three weeks after Michaels first session we noticed significant changes in Michaels disposition, his eagerness to engage and his vocabulary. In an email to Natasha I wrote: Mike is happy to learn new words and sentences and is much calmer overall. I’m not seeing tantrums at all. He has also started taking a keen interest in what his twin Matthew is doing and follows him around everywhere. Before he was happy to be alone.
In Michael’s first three weeks of ABA he received 3 days of therapy consisting of 5 hours per week. The standard for ABA is 20 hours per week. I am hopeful and excited to see the results if Michael could have the opportunity to get the intensive sessions that he needs to continue his steady progress and begin to catch up with his peers achieve his academic milestones.
Parent Testimonial #2
I am a single mother of a six year old autistic daughter and seeking medical and therapeutic services for her can be very challenging, time consuming and expensive. It is advocated that the most effective treatments available today are applied behavioural analysis (ABA), occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and pharmacological therapy. The hours of intervention that a child with autism should have is between 20 hours minimum to 40 hours maximum a week. A combination of the above therapies is very vital to the development of the child.
Paying for the above sessions is very expensive monthly I spend over $1000 at least in therapy fees because I want my daughter to function in this society as normally as possible. Most people especially within our society are not kind to people with special needs. My daughter needs to be equipped with life skills which will help make her a functional person. The only way she can become such a person is via these therapy sessions. As mother of an autistic child any assistance which can be given to help alleviate some of the financial burden will be greatly appreciated.