What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD. Early identification of ASD is important in order to develop effective supports. Your pediatrician can begin the diagnostics process by completing a developmental checklist at your next appointment. Screening for ASD can typically begin at 18 months.
How can we help?
Learning your son or daughter has been diagnosed with Autism can leave you feeling overwhelmed with questions about what help is available. HRCSB staff is available to explain what services exist and how to access them. We can help you understand and navigate Virginia’s Medicaid Waivers, provide referrals to private community partners for Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment or other services, or help connect you with local advocacy groups or support organizations for parents. Having an advocate who knows the system and is familiar with local, state, and national-level resources provides you with a smoother path and a friendly partner on a sometimes-overwhelming journey.
Developmental Disabilities Waivers
For individuals with a developmental disability, the DD waiver can provide funding for services which can assist them to live as independently as possible. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with autism, and you would like to request a screening for DD Waiver Services, download and complete the Request for Screening in its entirety and mail or fax (540-432-0572) it to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham CSB, 463 East Washington Street, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802, attention DD Services. For any other questions or to talk about how to access supports please contact us today.
Call 540.433.3100 to setup a screening appointment or download a screening request form