Behavioral and Social Supports

Formal Supports

Formal supports can be viewed as paid supports that you usually have to apply through an agency to receive from an agency.

  • Intensive in-home therapy
  • Community-based Speech and Language Pathologist; Occupational Therapist; Physical Therapist
  • Play-based therapy
  • Social skills groups
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Medications (help with symptoms and other health issues that could be present)
  • Communication aids and systems

This list is focused on interventions directly for your child/youth. Other options include sensory diets, sensory supports, visual schedules, assistance dogs and much more. Contact your Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to find your area resources or Wisconsin First Step.

This web portal focuses on evidence-based research and treatments. If you have a question about complementary, alternative and non-traditional medication and treatment we suggest you talk with your child's doctor.

Natural Supports

Natural supports are services that are available in your community.

  • Play groups
  • Inclusive childcare
  • Clubs/Sports at school
  • YMCA
  • Faith-based community
  • 4-H
  • Friends/neighbors
  • Local Community Recreation Programs
  • Camps and Summer Programs

Contact First Step or your Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to find out what is available in your area.

You might also want to check out the UCP and Easter Seals websites for more ideas.