What can I do while my child is on a waitlist for autism services?
The growing awareness and prevalence of autism has amplified the need for services. Unfortunately, the availability of quality autism services has not kept up with the demand. There are many reasons for this, with funding limitations and staffing shortages near the top of the list. Waitlists for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, considered the “gold standard” among treatment options, can be especially long. ABA services provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are highly sought after here at Potential and at other ABA providers.
“We suggest that anyone on our waitlist continue to seek options while they are waiting, and we provide them with resources to help them do that,” says Potential President and CEO Kristine Quinby.
Waitlists for quality autism services is a reality all over the country; this is not a situation that is unique to us here. Early intervention can make such a difference, and access to the right care. While you wait, please reach out to us for guidance and support, and recommendations for services and resources. Be sure to use this time to get all of your paperwork in order, do your research on insurance coverage and waivers, and seek answers.