Many of my posts come directly from questions I receive every day from parents who have a special needs child, family member, or friend who is in need of support services. One of the questions have been getting recently is “When should I get a case manager?” I’ve heard parents say they have been told that their child didn’t need a case manager until they graduate from high school. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some feel that they should get case management soon after an official diagnosis. I tend to agree with the latter. Obtaining support early is critical to getting the adequate care. This is especially true in cash strapped states where mental health and developmental services are limited.
Early intervention services may play a significant role in improving child development. In addition, the case manager can link the family to therapy services and resources outside of the school setting. I would suggest case management services or some kind of service coordination for any child diagnosed with autism or developmental delay. Case management services can also come in the form of private agencies that can also provide linkage to community resources. There are also many private advocacy agencies that can also help assist with finding services.