MACSS Treatment and Resources

General Information

  • It is important that treatment for autism and other developmental disabilities begin early and be individualized to the needs of the child and family.  Family involvement is critical and must provide the foundation for treatment.  Many types of treatment are available throughout the state and may take a variety of forms.  To learn about the basic types of treatment currently being used for children with autism, families may find A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder useful.  The guide produced by the National Institute of Mental Health, provides information on signs, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Treatment Resources

  • Mississippi First Steps Early Intervention Program  - First Steps is a program of the state of Mississippi that matches the unique needs of infants and toddlers who have developmental delays with professional resources within the community.  All children birth to three with a suspected developmental delay or disability should be referred to First Steps.  Each eligible child receives an individual assessment with family input. Led by an assigned service coordinator, a team works with the family to develop an individualized family service plan (IFSP) to provide appropriate services to the child and family using professional resources within the community. Families can arrange for an assessment by contacting their local Mississippi Department of Health office.
  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Special Education - The Office of Special Education (OSE) supports local schools and districts in their efforts to provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities ages 3-20, who are in need of special education and other services necessary to enable them to benefit from instruction as provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law.  For information about services available through the Department of Education, families should contact their local school district. In some instances, school services are available for children ages birth to 3; however, these services are not mandated by law.
  • We have partnered with the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative for two of our projects here at IDS. Through our secondary screening project, we hope to develop improved developmental screening through the Hattiesburg Public Schools and Community Clinic and the SeMRHI network. If a child shows concerns regarding their development based on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires and the MCHAT, the PEDS assessment team at IDS will perform a secondary screening to determine if the child's development can be monitored, or if the child should be referred for a full diagnostic evaluation. The screening clinic is located in the health center clinic on the campus of Lillie Burney Elementary School.  

    The Children’s Special Health Care Clinic was established to provide access to family centered general medical care for children and youth with special health care needs.  The clinic is staffed with a Pediatrician and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who will evaluate and treat the general medical problems of children with neurodevelopmental and related conditions. We are also able to coordinate specialty care and the services needed to treat these conditions. The Children’s Special Health Care Clinic is also located in the health center clinic on the campus of Lillie Burney Elementary School.