Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. The signs tend to appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. The Autism Society states that ASD is defined by a specific set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently in varying degrees. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities.
For many people dealing with complex health care conditions, care coordination can make a significant, positive impact. According to the Autism Society of Indiana, “Care Coordination involves listening to the needs of the child and family and developing goals to access services to meet those needs.” A key to developing goals is regular and open communication between the family and caregiving team. This communication helps ensure the family feels supported and has the knowledge needed to make decisions about their child’s education, medical care, therapy, or anything else the child needs. A caregiving team may include health professionals and teachers, all of who should be involved in any communication.
One of our clients stated that with the help of 2×2 Health, there is a much better understanding of the way his son communicates. Creating an open discussion about his son’s care plan and goals has created a supporting environment, where everyone feels equipped to communicate and help him thrive. The coordination of all the involved parties has encouraged consistency with follow through and the enhancement of his son’s developmental growth in both his school and home environment.
Perhaps you or a family member is dealing with a potential or new diagnosis. Or, maybe you have a child who is transitioning into adulthood and potential supported employment or living opportunities. Either way, it is important to know that there are care coordination experts who can help with the following:
- Assist with scheduling of appointments with appropriate specialists
- Help to identify questions to ask before and during the appointments regarding diagnosis, treatment planning, diagnostic testing, medications, therapy, etc.
- Ensure that all the care providers are on the same page
- Identify gaps in service and assist with access
- Coordinate and communicate with various areas including school, medical home, employment source, family for optimal outcomes
At 2×2 Health, when you or a family member needs us—
whatever your healthcare needs are, we are here for you.
Healthcare with you. Healthcare for you.
Wendy Benson, MBA, OTR/L
Reference: Autism Society, Autism Society of Indiana