Centria is Here to Support Michigan Families Affected by Autism
Is your child exhibiting some behaviors associated with Autism or has your child been recently diagnosed with ASD? Centria is here to help! We work with children with autism and their families everyday. We understand you probably have a lot of questions and may not be sure where exactly to start. To help answer some of your questions, our team has put together this resource to help you better recognize the common traits and behaviors children with Autism typically exhibit, as well as provide links to local resources that offer support for ensuring children with ABA lead happy, fulfilling lives.
How do I know if my child has Autism?
If you’re concerned that your child is exhibiting behaviors consistent with those often associated with Autism, the first (and most important) step is getting a formal diagnosis from an experienced professional. In the meantime, you can take the M-CHAT, a short, online series of questions used by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an aid in the early identification of Autism.
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ABA Therapy: A breakthrough treatment for children with ASD
Centria wants you to know...according to recent data published by a government survey of parents, Autism affects 1 in 45 children. Just as there is no single symptom or behavior that identifies people with autism, there is no single treatment that will be effective for every child on the spectrum. Many treatment options are available for Michigan children with Autism. However, none have proven to be as effective as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of children with Autism.
Educational resources for parents of children with ASD
At Centria, we have observed the incredible power parents have in helping their child interact more easily and meaningfully with the world around them. We have put together a special list of books, articles, and educational tools to help families with children with autism promote their child’s communication during everyday routines and activities.
- A Closer Look at Social Communication Differences
- Helping Your Child Cope with His Sensory Needs
- Helping Children with Autism: Autism Treatment Strategies and Parenting Tips
- A Brief Parent Guide on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Helpful Books & Educational Tools:
- Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
- 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition by Ellen Notbohm & Veronica Zysk
- Talkability Guidebook for Parents by Fern Sussman
- Make Play R.O.C.K Booklet Series by The Hanen Centre
- More than Words Guidebook and DVD by Fern Sussman
- I’m Ready! Guidebook: How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success by Janice Greenberg & Elaine Weltzman
- You Make the Difference Guidebook and DVD by The Hanen Centre
Family support groups:
Support groups offer families an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. Being with other families who understand your daily challenges can reduce stress, as well as alleviate the loneliness and isolation parents oftentimes feel when raising a child with ASD. There are numerous family and community support groups throughout Michigan that can be extremely beneficial in supporting you and your family. To view a list of support groups in your area, click here.
Have you been denied insurance coverage for ABA Therapy?
We understand that navigating through the insurance system can be extremely frustrating. If a claim for insurance coverage is denied, parents must be prepared to talk to many people regarding this issue. First, you must understand why the insurer denied the claim and what your next step should be to appeal.
There are a few common ways that insurers will deny claims for services relating to autism treatment, which is why it is important for parents to understand the law. For example insurance companies classified ABA Therapy as “educational” or “experimental” as a way to deny coverage. Although ABA is listed as a covered service for lots of insurers, the mandate does not apply to every insurance policy.
Step 1: File an Appeal
The most important thing to do, is to stay organized and understand the process. Filing an appeal is the first step after speaking with your insurance. Additionally, you can file a complaint with whatever Michigan agency that regulates insurance; some regulators can serve as intermediaries to resolve specific conflicts and could facilitate an external review by a panel of independent medical experts.
As a last resort, you may need to consider filing a lawsuit. There are different laws available depending on the type of insurance plan that you have. Lawsuits can be brought up under contract or tort law theories, or even specific state insurance laws. However, it is important to note, parents should consult with a licensed attorney.
State of Michigan offered benefits and treatment options for children and young adults with Autism
It’s no secret that raising a child with autism can be extremely expensive. From doctor’s appointments, after school programs therapy sessions, etc., the cost can be overwhelming for families who are affected by Autism. There are a number of government financial resources that may be available for individuals with Autism. These resources include can include Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Social Security Income. For children with Autism, Medicaid Home & Community Based Waivers may be your best option.
Medicaid Home & Community Based Waivers:
Medicaid Home and Community Based waivers (HCBS) are available through Michigan’s Medicaid healthcare programs. Generally, HCBS waivers allow the state to provide funding for different home and community-based services for children or adults with developmental disabilities.
Click here to read more about government financial resources.
Grants and financial support for Autism treatment in Michigan
Raising a child with autism is an expensive process all around. However, there are various grants available for families and individuals residing in Michigan and in the United States. Grant options include:
- Autism Escapes: Autism Escapes will serve as an Angel Network for families of children with autism. Its primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children. (Click here to apply)
- First Hand Foundation: First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. (Click here to apply)
- Fund It Forward: A volunteer run non-profit organization which believes that parents of special needs children are strong, willing and able to endure daily struggles. Their mission is to ease the burdens of families with special needs children by raising money for adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance. (Click here to apply)
- Generation Rescue Family Grant Program: This program's grants are designed to provide support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Each grant recipient will receive: two doctor visits with a specially-trained physician who treats autism; vitamins, minerals and supplements for 90 days; a Generation Rescue Rescue mentor; dietary intervention training. (Click here to apply)
- Helping Hand Program: National Autism Association: The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child. (Click here to apply)
- & many more! To view a full list of grant options, Click here.
2016 Autism friendly activities for families
There are numerous activities, local and at home, for families to get the opportunity to get their kids involved and socialize with family and other children. At Centria, we have observed that putting your child with ASD into settings where they can learn and interact with peers is beneficial and leads to positive social relationships.
For at-home fun, click here! You can check out a list of activities for children with Autism from the early ages of birth to teenagers.
Summer-Fall 2016 Autism Friendly Events
Judson Center in Royal Oak, MI
Judson Center is a non-provide human service agency that provides comprehensive services to children and families throughout southeast Michigan. As leaders in human services that strive to deliver brighter futures for children with autism, there are numerous summer programs that you can enroll your child in. To view a list or to download and download the brochure of different options, click here!
The 2nd Annual Autism Hero Walk Presented by DTE Energy
Michigan is on the path to becoming a top 5 state in which to raise a child with Autism. This walk is an annual family walk held at the Detroit Zoo that will be held on Sunday July 31st.
There will be numerous vendors’ providing families with various resources before and after the walk. If you would like to learn more and sign up for the event, click here!
Arts, Beats, and Eats- Family Days presented by Kroger & Autism Alliance of Michigan
Saturday September 3, 10am-5pm
This is a free event for families with at least one child on the ASD spectrum. Limit of 5 family members. Includes Free Parking, Free Carnival Rides (opens 1 hr prior to general admission), Free Lunch, and more. For more information, click here!
Centria Autism Friendly Events in Michigan
At Centria, we offer Autism-friendly events, such as private movie screenings every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Michigan Emagine Theaters, in an effort to grow the number of autism friendly events nationwide. See what we’re up to this month!