Although there is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are a wide range of treatments available to help reduce your child’s symptoms and increase their development.
Research has shown that early intervention services from birth to 3 years can significantly improve a child’s development. These services include helping your child talk, walk, interact with others, and learn other important skills. Therefore, it is important to get your child screened as early as possible if there are any concerns. In the US, every child is entitled to a free developmental screening. Although early intervention can be extremely helpful, intervention at any age can help your child learn necessary skills and abilities.
Your child may be eligible for an individualized education plan developed by the school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA provides screenings and early intervention services for children up to age 3. However, not all children with ASD are eligible for IDEA, but they can still get free public education tailored to their needs “Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” (NIMH), which is available to all public school students with disabilities.