“Should I pursue an autism diagnosis?” — as information about the developmental disorder becomes more widespread, this is a question more and more people are asking after noticing atypical behavior in themselves or their children. While there are certainly a few drawbacks from the label (such as crass generalizations about all people on the spectrum) the pros tend to out weight the cons.
A School Aide
Students on the autism spectrum may benefit greatly from a one-to-one aide — someone within the school system who helps students transition between classes, assists with classwork, and who helps with any physical limitations. However, in order to request a one-to-one aide for your child, they must be formally diagnosed with a learning challenge.
Physical and Speech Therapy
With a formal diagnosis, you’ll have greater access to necessary resources, like physical and speech therapy, to name just a few. Though anyone can pay out of pocket for therapies, a formal diagnosis may allow you to get these services at little or no cost.
A study in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics estimates that the lifetime cost of supporting an individual on the autism spectrum in the United States is an astonishing $1.4 million. Emotional and developmental services make up the bulk of these costs, as well as products designed to help improve movement. With a formal diagnosis, you may be entitled to financial assistance for necessary services.
Peace of Mind
Many people on the autism spectrum blame themselves for their trouble connecting with others. A diagnosis helps people understand that they are in no way to blame.
Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies has many services waiting for you. From time management and productivity workshops to individual coaching, she is an expert in her field. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. Call (516) 510-7637 for your one on one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!