A psychologist spoke to the slowness in making progress, discouragement of family members, and prevention as issues.
It makes sense that there are no services because there are no funding streams to support services.
Other Needed Services
This response is based on the type of organization represented. Again, few respondents completed this section, but responses were around funding and available services.
State agencies want more community providers and therapeutic options to support this group
Community providers want funding to offer services
Medical practitioners want insurance to fund needed medical services
More and better funded assessment and more services for adults
One request for better communication and sensory supports along with more social skills supports
Private practice psychologists cited networking, a list of service providers, collaboration with others, family counseling and support, marriage counseling, and relief for parents.
Are You Successful in Serving Adults with ASD’s?
There were seven responses to this question. Only two adult providers unequivocally stated they were successful in working with this group. A third stated that they are successful with individuals with autism, but struggle with those with other spectrum disorders because of the lack of long-term funding. However, individuals who have managed to get into the DDDS system have been successful due to the ability of providers to job carve and provide long term support when jobs or task requirements change because the funding is available.
Two providers identified some limited success with small numbers.
What Do We Need in Delaware?
Again, responses were very limited. They included training, funding, and understanding the unique needs of the group. Only the service that supports adults with behavioral challenges identified needs unique to this population including communication, sensory, behavioral and social supports. This implies others have too little experience to even understand the needs. Finally, that same program would like to see funding to support Asperger’s groups, and more awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders among the general population. Psychologists want more information available to families and more programs and services for teens and adults.