Autism Spectrum Disorder FAQ

I am not sure what is wrong with my child or if he has ASD. What should I do?

If your child is 3½ years or younger, you may contact the Preverbal Program and the staff will help you decide what to do. If your child is older than 3½ years, you should schedule a speech/language evaluation. The professional who evaluates your child will help you determine the best therapy.

May my child attend one of the morning programs and go to the Callier Child Development Program for childcare in the afternoon?

Though housed in the same facility, the programs are unrelated. It is possible, however, to be enrolled in the two programs concurrently. For more information, visit the Callier Child Development Program.

I work. May I arrange for someone else to bring my child?

We do not require that you remain at Callier during your child’s treatment. However, communication with the professionals helping your child is an important aspect of the therapy. Parent education components provide the bridge to generalization of skills. There are no transportation services at the Callier Center, so you will need to make your own arrangements.

May my child attend one of the programs part time?

In most cases, lack of consistent attendance interferes with the continuity of the program and your child’s progress. We do not recommend that you enroll unless your child can attend most sessions.

If my child participates in one of these programs, should I continue with their other therapies?

This varies depending on the needs and temperament of your child, as well as the nature of the therapy. Speech-language pathologists in each of these programs will discuss therapy opportunities with you and help you make decisions that are in the best interest of your child. If you choose to continue other types of therapy, the Callier clinicians will assist you in making sure there is continuity among programs.

Do these programs teach my child to talk, or will they need speech/language therapy?

All of these programs are implemented by speech-language pathologists. The programs are developed to provide speech, language and communication therapy as a primary focus, though other skills, including social engagement, age-appropriate play, and readiness for school are also important program goals. For most of the children, the Callier program will meet their speech/language therapy needs.

Once my child begins a program, how long can they stay?

Each program serves a particular population which is defined by age, ability level, participation and progress. Decisions about transitioning into and out of a program are made collaboratively between guardians and speech-language pathologists. In some cases, a child may begin in one program; as they mature and develop new skills, they may be better suited for another program. Decisions are made based on the individual needs of your child. Some programs have specific age restrictions.

Is having my child potty trained a requirement?

We do not require that children be potty trained. Our staff-to-child ratio allows us to work with the children and help them toward achieving this goal while they are in therapy with us.

I live very close to Callier Richardson but the program that seems most appropriate for my child is at Callier Dallas. Do you have similar programs in both locations?

All of our programs are unique, and they are not duplicated at each center. However, if you speak with one of the speech-language pathologists, they can help you access the services you need.

Will my insurance pay for these services?

There is variability among insurance companies and policies. Check with your insurer first. Then discuss fees and reimbursement procedures with the contact person for the program your child will attend.