Autism behavioral therapy is essential for children with ASD and can cost up to $50,000 a year. The advocacy group Autism Speaks will target several states in 2009 to push for legislation that would require insurers to cover autism behavioral therapy.
Autism behavioral therapy is used to teach social skills, motor skills, and cognitive skills and is often used to reduce or eliminate maladaptive behavior. Individualized treatment is crucial as no autistic child is identical. Intensive therapy during early childhood helps to provide the best results. Autism speaks has already endorsed bills in New Jersey, Virginia, and Michigan.
Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana already have approved such coverage mandates.