Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a collective term indicating Autistic Disorder (AD), childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS). ASD can often be reliably detected by the age of 3 years, and in some cases as early as 18 months. Children with ASD often demonstrate deficits in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. Symptoms range from mild to severe and present differently in each child. There is no single best treatment for all children with ASD. However, most professionals agree that early intervention is important. Most also agree that children with ASD respond well to highly structured, specialized programs.
TRICARE covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Board-Certified Behavior Analysts for all TRICARE eligible beneficiaries who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration (CACD) supports one-to-one services and tiered delivery services, depending on the unique needs of the beneficiary.
Find more information about the Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration on the TRICARE website, or call ValueOptions Federal Services at 1-866-323-7155.