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Speech Therapy and occupational therapy are the therapies that are usually covered by the health insurance. It varies greatly from State to State and also on your insurance coverage. Sensory integration therapy is what is used by occupational therapists to help the specific challenges to the autistic individual.
Knowing what I know now, I think that speech and play therapy are not necessary if you run a son-rise program (because the son-rise does all that, and instead of spending hours driving your kid around to therapy you could be working with him in the playroom). I sorely miss our sensory integration therapist though since we’ve been living in the Netherlands.
Most health insurances will cover some therapy, but not all and finding a therapist who has time 5-6 hours a week (or even two) is not easy. The more intensive the better the results. However, I’m deeply grateful to have had wonderful therapists for Ezra in his early years when I was nothing more than a young parent with a hunch that something was really wrong and no idea how to fix it. I credit them largely with having prevented Ezra slipping completely into his own world, and having trained me and given me the confidence to find my own answers. Ezra had therapy since he was 2-2.5 years old. Watching them work with Ezra for 2 years I learned so much about sensory integration and language development.