How can a case manager help my autistic child?

Sometimes evaluations and recommendations may be different or conflicting. This can be confusing and exhausting. A case manager or service coordinator can help when questions, problems, or concerns arise. A case manager keeps current records and, when appropriate, shares information about a child with professionals involved in that child’s care. It’s one very effective way to make sure a child’s needs are being met.

Case managers may also help by making sure all appointments are scheduled, tests are performed, evaluations conducted, and that appropriate and effective follow-up care is being provided.

If an evaluation has been performed at a Child Development and Evaluation Center or if the child is receiving services through a state funded program, chances are that one person has been designated as a service coordinator or case manager.

If this is not the case, you can ask for help from your pediatrician or family physician, local Autism Society of America chapter, your local school district special education department, or CARD. Some parents elect to perform this role themselves.

Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

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