Increasing prevalence, high costs and state mandate requirements make managing services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families more important than ever.
Consider these statistics:
- 1 in 36 children have autism in the U.S.
- Treatment costs have increased to $60,000 annually per person
- All 50 states have taken government action to require coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA, is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations and the goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease those that are harmful or affect learning. Learn more about how Magellan uses ABA to treat autism diagnosis.
In addition, many individuals struggle to obtain access to appropriate autism services. Few treatment standards, limited care coordination, inconsistent provider quality and significant costs often become barriers to care.
Advances in diagnostic capabilities allow doctors to see more accurately the prevalence of autism, yet the majority of children do not receive a diagnosis until age 4. As with all neurological disorders, early intervention in the diagnosis of ASD is key to helping both the child and caregiver.
Making positive strides
With Magellan Autism Connections®, children with autism and their caregivers can be confident in knowing their unique needs are in the hands of caring experts who want only the best outcomes.
Our program features the following advantages:
- Comprehensive benefits management
- Highly specialized provider network
- Enhanced outreach and care coordination
- Caregiver support
- Robust online tools and resources
Through Magellan Autism Connections®, caregivers can receive assistance from a trusted resource who can help them navigate the complex health care system, obtain access to quality providers and receive support within their communities.