for Children with Autism
The Children's Long-Term Support Waivers (CLTS Waivers) provide funding
for specific services not covered by the Wisconsin ForwardHealth Medicaid card. For young children diagnosed with Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD), treatment using behavioral methods is available.
The treatment is designed to teach new skills while reducing the challenging behaviors
some children with ASD. Children with Medicaid functional and financial eligibility can
participate in this program for up to three years. After three years of
treatment the child
may qualify for ongoing waiver services to
address the more diverse needs of a growing child. The program goals
are child-centered and include reducing the child's future long-term
care needs. This is achieved by making significant gains towards typical
development including increased social, behavioral, and communication skills,
child can use at home and in the community.
Typically, treatment is provided to the child on a one-on-one basis by a treatment
team. The team is composed of a lead therapist, senior staff, and line staff. This
team develops and implements a treatment plan with the family, which is
individualized to each child’s developmental needs. The approach
addresses child-specific skills, is clearly defined in
observable terms, and measured carefully through direct observation.
Consultative behavioral intervention (CBI) services involve 10-20 hours,
per week, of face-to-face service. Early intensive behavioral
intervention (EIBI) services involve 30-40 hours, per week, of
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