Autism FAQs

The term ASD covers a broad range of conditions and behaviors, which may include difficulty with social situations, behavioral concerns, repetitive behaviors and speech and communication difficulties. More information can be found through the organization Autism Speaks. En Español 

You can answer a series of screening questions at home to see if your toddler is demonstrating the signs of ASD. The screening is available in many languages through Autism Speaks. If your child is under age 3, Texas Early Childhood Intervention Services can offer support and planning services for your child.

If your child is older, reviewing the general signs and symptoms of ASD may help you decide if you should seek further help through the Autism Program. School-age children may be able to receive services through your local school district.

Start with an appointment with your pediatrician to discuss your concerns about your child and ASD. Your pediatrician may be able to connect you with community services,

such as a speech/language evaluation or an occupational therapy evaluation, before receiving a formal diagnosis from a specialist.

You can request a referral to Texas Children’s Hospital Autism Program, where you’ll be able to receive a formal diagnosis and detailed information about how to support your child and your family.

Be sure to register for our Road Map workshops, taught by our dedicated social workers. These workshops are designed to educate you about autism and community intervention resources. They can also be a great way to meet other families who are facing challenges and successes like yours. Workshops are open to anyone with an autism diagnosis, regardless of whether you have a doctor at Texas Children’s, and are available in English and Spanish.

Community resources

Our patient resources can help you understand how to work with your school to get the resources your child needs to learn.


Call your insurance company to see if applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy is a covered service. If it’s not covered, some grant options are available in Texas. Through our Road Map workshops, our knowledgeable social workers can help you understand financial resources available to families affected by ASD