Insurance coverage for ABA therapy not uniform in the US

Insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism is still not consistent throughout the United States, even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The new law puts in place a variety of provisions that improve coverage for health care services related to autism, including eliminating pre-existing condition clauses, covering […]

Children in Yorkshire, UK waiting too long for therapy

Yorkshire UK –  Children referred to paediatricians in North Yorkshire are being made to wait in excess of NHS guideline waiting times in parts of North Yorkshire. 245 children are currently listed for assessment 180 of which have exceeded the three month waiting period. NHS in North Yorkshire told BBC News  that good progress was […]

Sue James from Isle of Man, UK, talks about ‘A Sense of Calm’

A Sense of Calm is a 60 minute DVD which features, ‘6 tracks of specially-created, flowing images, set to specially-composed music, designed to promote relaxation through sensory stimulation.’ Each DVD also comes with a booklet which gives information on how best to use the DVD. At present ‘A Sense of Calm’ is being used in […]

CHICA Automated System helps pediatricians screen for Autism

Studies show that early intervention can substantially improve the long-term prognosis for children with autism, but most are not diagnosed until they are 4-1/2 to 5 years of age, according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. The Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system (CHICA) is an automated system that helps pediatricians […]

ABA In-home therapy provision models vary in the U.S.

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy as it is more widely known, has significantly grown in popularity in the United States as a leading intervention for children with autism. Based on the research of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, ABA therapy for children with autism was initiated in the mid 1990s and has grown to include multiple […]

BBC Four, ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’ Documentary and Opinions

Reaction to “Autism: Challenging Behaviour” on BBC is strong and mixed. Airdate: Tuesday 5th November. The documentary focused upon the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis) and how it is used as an intervention for Autistic children. The programme information on the BBC website is as follows: ‘The film follows three-year-old Jack and four-year-old Jeremiah through […]

Autism and the Possibility of Romance

Difficulties that impede romance for a person on the autism spectrum may seem insurmountable, such as the ability to understand facial expressions, pick up on nonverbal cues, become comfortable with giving and receiving loving gestures. These relationship specialties are usually the very areas that an autistic person hasn’t developed intuitive knowledge in or perhaps experienced […]

Children with autism and managing Halloween treats

It is Halloween in two days and many children go trick-or-treating with the aim to collect as much candy as possible. This poses several risks for children on the autism spectrum and leads parents to wonder how they can offer their children a fun and healthy Halloween. Many children with autism follow limited diets. Some […]

Reproductive Technology Council approves application to determine sex of sperm for high risk families

Western Australia – The Reproductive Technology Council has approved an application for a family pre-disposed to autism, in a fertility clinic to select the sex in order to minimise the risk of autism. This controversial issue works under the premise that boys are four times more likely to develop autism and by ensuring the “X” […]

Clues to autism from new study of prenatal weight gain

Salt Lake City, USA  — New research from the University of Utah shows a link between weight gain before and during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Deborah A. Bilder, M.D., lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah says, “These findings suggest that weight gain during […]