Oregon State panel to decide State applied behavioral analysis (ABA) coverage

An evidence-based medicine review panel in Oregon is considering adding applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to the Oregon State Health Plan. A previous panel rejected the therapy in 2008, citing lack of controlled trials. ABA is up for review once again after the state Legislature unanimously passed SB 365, requiring all private health insurance companies to […]

Synaptol: The natural medicine for improved concentration and lowered frequency of mood swings

Children with autism often encounter problems regarding mood and attention span. They can go from exhausted to restless in a matter of minutes. They tend to have poor concentration which makes it harder for them to learn how to read and write. A plethora of medicines have been introduced in the market to aid kids […]

Horticulture Therapy for People with Autism w/video

In the 1600’s, patients who struggled to pay for their medical treatment turned to gardening to earn extra money. Doctors noticed a difference between these patients and those who did not engage in gardening activities. Patients who gardened recovered faster than their counterparts and they were observed to have greater overall well-being. This is reported […]

Autism, Asthma Not Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Michigan

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel rejected a petition to include autism and asthma as conditions that would be eligible for medical marijuana on Tuesday. The vote was 2 to 7 against, with one panel member absent. Some Michigan parents, like Jenny Allen, were disappointed. She’s tried several special diets, medications, and psychiatric therapies in […]

Learners with Autism Respond to Music Therapy

Unique challenges call for unique approaches. The mind of an autistic person has not developed the same way that the mind of a neurotypical has. It follows, that the mind of an autistic person may not learn through the same methods that are prescribed for a neurotypical. A different means through which an autistic learner […]

Petition Calls for End of Electro-shock Therapy for Autism

This video depicts a scene straight out of American Horror Story: Asylum. Unfortunately, this clip is not fictional, nor is it from the far distant past. It happened to a young man named Andre McCollins, in 2002. He was shocked 31 times, as punishment for refusing to remove his coat in class. This went on […]

Revolutionary gene therapy could reverse symptoms of Retts Syndrome

Research into Retts Syndrome, one of the most debilitating of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, has proved to reverse the symptoms in a recent study conducted on mice. Rett Syndrome strikes little girls almost exclusively, with first symptoms usually appearing before the age of 18 months.  These children lose speech, motor control and functional hand use, […]

Autism treatment should be adapted according to gender

A recent study published in Brain Neuroscience Journal has indicated that differential treatments should be offered to Autistic individuals according to their gender. Historically, as autism has been more prevalent (up to three to five times more so depending on population) in young boys, studies have centered around treatment for the male brain, this new […]

Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D presents her book “The Verbal Behavior Approach” at a Paris Workshop

« Mand, tact, intraverbal ! » Participants of Dr. Barbera’s Verbal Behavior workshop at the Le Chemin ABA VB Learning Center in Paris, France last week called out the different verbal operants. They were watching a video of a young, non-verbal, boy with autism learning to speak using the Verbal Behavior Approach. This group of […]

Online Program Offers Affordable Therapy for Autism

It is a known fact that children with autism suffer from sensory dysfunction. Sensory issues can range from mild to severe, and can manifest in many different ways. Occupational therapists trained in sensory integration can help, but their services are expensive, and may not always be covered by insurance. Mendability is an online program developed […]