MAXimum Chances, your Child, and Autism

_Autism Resource financial assistance autism treatment providersWe are thrilled to be your resource for matters of autism. Our hope is to help provide you with information that will be helpful, educational, encouraging, supportive, and even entertaining at times. The subject matter we cover here will highlight different areas of importance as you navigate your path in raising a child with autism.

A brief explanation of the general topics discussed on this site are listed here:

M – Medical Diagnosis – What does the Autism Spectrum entail, and what are your next logical steps to ensure your child has the maximum chance for success and personal achievement in life?

A – Advocate – Being an advocate is a two-fold approach. As you take your doctor’s advice on board, learn more about it through research, and what your experiences are as a parent regarding what works and what doesn’t work for your child. Ask questions, be bold and keep the communication line open, and always be learning.

It is also important to be your child’s best advocate with the schools, activities, home & family, friends, and wherever you see your child needs one – be one – we’ll help show you how.

X – eXpectations – What can you expect in areas of development, integration, medical treatments, and from the general public. How do you deal with current realities and expectations of yourself and others when they do not coincide?

I – Information – MAXimum Chances provides varied resources such as articles, books, studies, organization links, and support links (financial, personal, therapies, and groups) for families who have a child with autism, including Lachlan’s Corner just for siblings.

M – Multi-Faceted Treatments – What is working for others regarding treatments, what are acceptable practices in therapies, training, discipline, and diets? Each child is different and reacts differently to each new element introduced. Education and awareness is key to providing MAXimum Chances for your child.

U – Unity – Both parents need to be on the same page and have a common goal regarding treatments, therapies, knowledge about autism, meeting and choosing the right doctor, forming a support structure, and establishing routines that work.

M – Ministration – In the act of giving care, what are the common mainstream treatments as well as the lesser-known alternative treatments being discovered? (Click here to see the approved providers – we may be able to offer families financial support for those who qualify.)

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Together, we can help children with autism receive the MAXimum Chances they need to excel in life!


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Autism by the Numbers

The costs of behavioral intervention therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can reach up to $60,000 per child each year.

It is estimated that medical costs associated with caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder are up to $20,000 higher annually than caring for a child without.

It is estimated that Autism costs the nation $137 billion per year, no doubt the rising ate of children diagnosed will increase this figure dramatically.

In 2010 the National Institute of Health (NIH) allocated just $218 million of it’s $35.6 billion dollar budget to Autism. This number represents less than 0.6% of total NIH funding.

More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than pediatric AIDS, juvenile diabetes and cancer combined.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States yet the most underfunded.

Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

While the cause of Autism is still unclear, current studies indicate genetics and exposure to environmental triggers both play a role in the autism prevalence increase.

Families with one child on the Autism Spectrum have an estimated 20% increased risk of having another child affected.

Between 30-5-% of people with Autism suffer from seizures.

It is estimated that up to 40% of children with Autism do not speak.

Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. More specifically that number is 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

In 2014 the Center for Disease Control determined that approximately 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States. In 2000 this number was 1 in 250 children

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