Monthly Archives

May 2014


New Pica Tool Kits from the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network!

The AS-ATN is excited to launch new guides to pica, a common eating disorder among people with autism, for parents and professionals! This is a post by David B. McAdam, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, an Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site. Pica is the frequent eating or mouthing of things that

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USVI Enacts Autism Insurance Reform

U.S. territory joins 37 states and DC to have acted May 20, 2014 (May 20, 2014) — U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh has signed an autism insurance reform bill into law, enabling the U.S. Territory to join 37 states and the District of Columbia which have enacted reform. Modeled after legislation enacted in 2009 by Connecticut, the bill (30-0202) requires USVI-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis

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Couple Uses Wedding to Spread Autism Awareness

Couple honors niece with autism with grand gesture at wedding reception. This guest blog post is from Samantha Tabala, mom to a 6-year-old daughter with autism.  Normally, when you receive an invitation to your youngest brother’s wedding, you’re filled with excitement, joy, and can’t wait until the day comes. I experienced all these emotions but I was concerned about how my daughter Jaina would

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Is it OCD or ‘Just Autism’?

For Mental Health Awareness Month, clinical psychologist Judy Reaven, of the Autism Treatment Network, shares some guidance on OCD. It is not uncommon for some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to show an intense interest or preoccupation with an object, toy, video, task, etc.  It is sometimes difficult for parents to distinguish if the preoccupation is a characteristic of autism or a behavior associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Children on

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It’s Not About Me

In this heartfelt post, Jane Springer shares what it’s like to be the grandmother of a child with autism. In the post below, Jane Springer shares her perspective on life as a grandmother to a child with autism. I cried all the way home from dropping off my 5-year-old granddaughter at her drama school.  I had kept up a good front while she was

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ABA For Military Kids Bill Introduced In Congress

Bipartisan measure would require TRICARE coverage May 09, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2014) — Bipartisan legislation that would require TRICARE to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities, including autism, at medically prescribed levels was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the Caring for Military Children

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

An introduction to Mental Health Awareness Month and the importance of mental health for the autism community by Dr. Dan Coury. This introduction to Mental Health Awareness Month is written by developmental pediatrician Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN). Dr. Coury is also the chief of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. May is Mental Health Awareness

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Disability Rights: Public Schools vs Private Schools

Autism Speaks Board Member and attorney Gary Mayerson answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act May 08, 2014 This Q & A is with attorney Gary Mayerson. Mayerson serves on the Board of Autism Speaks and is the founder of Mayerson & Associates, a Manhattan-based law firm founded in 2000 as the very first law firm in the nation dedicated to the representation

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