New Mexico Resources
Centria is Here to Support New Mexico Families Affected by Autism
Is your child exhibiting some behaviors associated with autism or has your child been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Centria is here to help! We work with children with autism and their families every day, and we understand that 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 page to help you better recognize the common traits and behaviors that 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 a screening 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 children in New Mexico 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 New Mexico that can be extremely beneficial in supporting you and your family.
See below to view a list of support groups:
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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico offers 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, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Social Security Income.
Click here to read more about government financial resources.
Grants and financial support for Autism treatment in New Mexico
Raising a child with autism is an expensive process all around. However, there are various grants available for families and individuals residing in New Mexico and in the United States. Grant options include:
- ACT Today: ACT Today's goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families throughout the United States. (Click here to apply)
- UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF): The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation offers timely financial support to families, so they can focus on what is most important – improving the quality of life of their child. UHCCF grants help with medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance. (Click here to apply)