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wrap around services question

Does it have to be daily sessions? Do they only work with autistic children or do they work with developementally delayed kids without autism?

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Asked by hoffmanjam at 10:30 PM on Jun. 28, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • I suppose the answer will depend on what state you are in because not all states offer Wraparound services and for those that do have Wraparound, the services offered are not always the same.

    For PA, our BHRS (Wraparound) programs are designed for children & adolescents who have some type of mental health diagnosis & who are at risk for being removed from the home because of the manifested symptoms associated with the diagnosis. Although not originally set up to service children with an ASD, it was used b/c their needs are similar to those w/other mental health dxs. While not a perfect match, the system has slowly adapted itself to more specifically meet their needs. Children who have a DD b/c of another dx, such as Down Syndrome or b/c they are MR, are not typically serviced by this program unless they have another comorbid mental health dx. For them there are other programs in place to meet their specific needs.


    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 11:17 PM on Jun. 28, 2009

  • cont. from above.....Also, a child with a DD that is not due to having another dx is usually considered to be either on the Autism Spectrum or at risk, so would be entitled to BHRS (Wraparound) services in order to address developmentally inappropriate social & emotional behaviors.

    For your second question....At least here in PA, no, you don't have to have Wraparound services everyday, although it is highly recommended for the really young children b/c consistency is so important. However, if you don't want it or can't do it for whatever reasons, you can participate in Wrap as little or as much as you want (as long as you have approval for the hours, of course). My son, at one point, was receiving 40 hrs of Wrap/week, but after a while we cut it down to 32, then 27, then 12, then finally to just 4 hrs BSC/week.

    Wrap is only supposed to be a temporary service, so stepping down hours is natural, expected & encouraged.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 11:27 PM on Jun. 28, 2009

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