How expensive is autism? A recent report has revealed that the costs of care of individuals with ASD is $137 billion. On average, parents with a child with autism will spend between $1.4 and $2.4 million on ASD through their lifetime. This is a massive cost that you are certainly going to feel on your bank balance. As such, it is important that you are aware what causes these costs are and how to make them a little easier to handle.
What Impacts The Cost Of ASD Care?
You will find the cost of care differs dramatically depending on where your child falls on the autistic spectrum. High functioning children with autism will not require as much long term financial support as children who fall further down the spectrum. Those who have difficulty communicating will also need more care and attention which is going to impact costs. As such, it is likely that the costs of ASD care vary dramatically from family to family. In general though, in some locations, autism is the most expensive medical condition.
Where Do The Costs Come From?
Specialist education options are one of the main costs that you will need to deal with if your child has Autism. This is particularly true if your child is unable to cope in mainstream education or would be better suited for special education services. The cost of this on average can be upwards of $8000 per year. You will need to decide for yourself whether your child would be better suited for this type of education option. Homeschooling is not always the best option for the child.
The other big income issue is lost income. Some parents will find that they need to stay at home with their child because there are children with autism who need constant care. If not constant care, the never ending therapy and specialist appointments make for a very busy schedule. In lots of families with autism, one parent works outside of the home while one typically doesn’t or works from home.
Modern technology has allowed parents a chance to interact and communicate with their child as well as providing them with an environment where they feel comfortable. However, again, systems, technology and equipment like this cost money. If for instance, you want to build a sensory room in your home, you may need from a few hundred to upwards of five thousand especially if you want something like a full sensory wall. It is possible to set one up on a budget.
Managing Your Costs
There are various ways you can manage the costs like this. We recommend getting a budgeting app. YNAB or Mint could be beneficial when watching your costs and making sure that you don’t overspend. It’s always good to know how much the running costs total up.
DIY therapy options and other measures can make affording autism easier as well. Prioritizing your child needs are crucial to keeping costs in check. Finding grants as well as other organizations to help can help ease the cost. Finally, check with your local Social Security office to see if your child qualifies for assistance. Costs can be kept down. One must simply think outside the box for resources. If you are feeling the pinch, know that you aren’t alone in your financial woes. Lots and lots of other autism families are in the trenches with you.