Regulating autism care has become one of the hot topics when autism and Asperger's syndrome are concerned. There have been several bills proposed to various states for insurance committees to pick up the slack on preventative and early detection care. However, the biggest issue has become parents wanting a regulation of autism care with stricter guidelines on what kind of care is offered. There have been several issues where parents and communities are gathering together to determine if autistic diagnosis is being misdiagnosed as something else. They believe that with regulated care this issue would come become a moot point.
Early intervention is one of the key steps in regulated autism care. There are several communities and organizations who are trying to band together to offer early intervention programs to determine if a child has autism, Asperger's or if there is another underlying issue that would lead to a different diagnosis. This early intervention works with children and their speech therapy, motor function, cognitive skills and other skills that may be delayed and diagnosed as autism or may not be autism at all. In fact, these early intervention programs also work with environmental factors to determine if there is an environmental issue that is affecting the child's development or if the child is simply naturally developing at a slower rate than the average. These early intervention programs are costly and in some areas are being picked up by the state or government. However, there is a movement for health insurance to pick up early intervention programs as part of the new health care Reform Act.
There’s also a movement to include therapy programs for children who are exhibiting autistic tendencies. The idea behind these therapy programs is to offer children the chance to naturally develop on their own. For example, if a child is three years old and is not developing according to the nation's average, the therapy programs would be put into place to allow the children to work through on a national scale. Some therapy programs have found that this has allowed children to develop naturally and that it was simply an issue of the child not developing according to their peers. However, other therapy programs have shown that the therapy has proven that the child does in fact have autism. When the outcome of this has been that children are not exposed to medications or to intensive therapies when they are not necessary.
Overall regulating autism care is a step-by-step procedure that includes not only community programs but also therapy programs, mental programs, emotional programs and medical-based programs. Each one of these areas would need to be discussed and guidelines would need to be put in place to regulate autism care on every level. It will only help if all levels are regulated and autistic care is taken care of on each of these levels rather than levels being separately regulated and misinformation or alternative therapies given at the wrong times and later programs. There have been several movements to create specific autism programs that started early intervention and moves through to weed out children who are not actually autistic or to focus on children who do have legitimate autistic tendencies.