- Distance – Some families live in areas where it is difficult to access needed services. If you just so happen to live in a rural area, you’ll likely have less access to supports.
- Waiting Lists – In most cases, individuals with the most severe cases of autism get priority. This, in turn, leaves many families with limited access to needed services.
- Therapist Mismatch – Not all therapists are created equally. This isn’t a knock on therapists at all. Like in any profession, you’ll have some good ones and some not-so-good ones. But there is definitely something powerful in the therapist-to-client dynamic. And sometimes a therapist isn’t a good fit due to experience level, poor rapport, or client history for instance.
- Scheduling Conflict – Given that many households today have both parents in the workforce, coordinating supports can be a headache! And with support services occurring after school hours, this requires additional travel during rush hour traffic. For some families, this is a logistical nightmare or plain out, unfeasible.
- Cost – All therapy support costs somebody something. Insurance companies are very specific regarding which support services they cover. And sometimes insurance companies don’t cover areas where you need help. In other cases, like self-pay, the cost for services is unaffordable.
- “Are there any autism support groups near me?”
- “And what if my child is grown; are there autism support groups for adults?”
- “What if it’s me that needs help, are autism support groups specifically for parents?”
A.D. Daisley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida and has been working in the field as a Behavior Analyst since 2005. He has provided services to children and adults with varying diagnoses such as autism, mental retardation, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His scope of experience also includes coordinating therapy to individuals and families in conjunction with other supports including School Teachers, Adult Day Training Facility Staff (ADT’s) and Speech/Occupational therapists. He is the Director and Behavior Analyst at Alternative Outcomes since 2007. A.D is also the Director of Creátre, a non-profit organization that uses the arts for the purpose of skill training, outreach and to display community leadership.