Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 818–829

Use of Autism-Related Services by Families and Children

  • Kathleen C. Thomas
  • Joseph P. Morrissey
  • Carolyn McLaurin
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0208-9

Cite this article as:
Thomas, K.C., Morrissey, J.P. & McLaurin, C. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 818. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0208-9

Abstract

This paper describes approaches to care and associated service use by families with a child with autism. A combined telephone and self-administered survey was completed by 301 families with a child, 8 years old or younger, in North Carolina, during the winter of 2003–2004. Findings indicate that 66% of families used one or more approach to care and there was a significant (p < 0.05) association between approach and the pattern of service use. There appears to be a distinctive set of services associated with each approach to care, but with overlap between them. Speech/language therapy at school was the most frequently used service and also identified as the best service. The majority (81%) of families reported they were satisfied with services.

Keywords

AutismServicesTreatment approach

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen C. Thomas
    • 1
  • Joseph P. Morrissey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carolyn McLaurin
    • 1
  1. 1.Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA