Treatment Services for Children with Autism

Treatment Services for Children with Autism

The Children's Long-Term Support Waivers (CLTS Waivers) provide funding for specific services not covered by the BadgerCare Plus; Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind or Disabled; or the Katie Beckett Program. 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 seen in some children with ASD. A child who meets the waiver eligibility criteria 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 any additional needs he or she develops. The program goals are child centered and include reducing the child's future long-term care needs. This is achieved by making significant gains toward typical development, including increased social, behavioral, and communication skills.

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 treatment plan addresses child-specific skills, is clearly defined in observable terms, and is measured carefully through direct observation. The treatment plan may include consultative behavioral intervention (CBI) services or intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services. Consultative behavioral intervention services involve 10-20 hours per week of face-to-face service. Early intensive behavioral intervention services involve 30-40 hours per week of face-to-face service.

Learn more about upcoming changes to the ASD treatment benefit

Last Revised: May 1, 2015