Services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult to find. Different states and regions offer different services that can vary significantly in quality and cost.

When looking for a service provider, you will want to find out what type of care they specialize in as well as their educational background.

Which Treatment You’d Go For?

There are many types of care for individuals with ASD – residential, day treatment, school-based programs, therapeutic day schools and more. Also, there are different levels of intensity – mild services, which may include speech therapy or occupational therapy; moderate services may include social skills training and more; and intensive services may provide multiple therapies per week.

What’s Your Therapist’s Qualifications?

You should also look at the credentials of each service provider that you are considering.

A qualified therapist should have a degree in psychology or education, experience working with children with ASD, and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

It is also important to consider financial costs as these vary considerably depending on the type of program chosen. The average annual cost for moderate level care is $31,000-$65,000 per year while intensive level care ranges from $40-$90 thousand per year.