New York State under Governor Cumo establishes new licences for ABA providers

Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo signed into law on Friday, a bill to establish a new state license for providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Applied behavioral analysis is described as intensive, often one-on-one treatment method and often lacks standardization of training around the country. The new law […]

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 […]

Center for Autism and Related Disorders receives 3/4 million grant from Texas

Austin, Texas –  The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is one of the world’s largest organizations using applied behavior analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other related disorders was awarded earlier this month a $750,000 Autism Program grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). […]

Massage Therapy for Children with Autism Requires Further Research

Massage therapy has been growing in popularity as a treatment for children with autism. Massage therapists provide deep pressure massage and therapeutic touch to children while avoiding light touch. These practitioners also train parents of children with autism in massage techniques that can be completed at bedtime. Therapists claim that the techniques used release serotonin […]

How Obamacare Affects Families Living With Autism

Love it or hate it, Obamacare is here. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare as it is popularly called is the largest health care expansion since the passage of Medicare in 1965. Americans will now have access to a variety of health care plans via federal and state exchanges. It is too soon […]

Tom Caffrey and Overcoming the Challenges of Autism

Tom Caffrey, M.Ed, BCBA, international trainer and speaker and founder and director of VBN Training, has created a series of video training modules to help parents and professionals overcome the daily behavioral challenges children with autism and their families face. As a parent of a child with autism, Caffrey understands these challenges firsthand. Caffrey says: […]

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 […]

Utah Provides Free ABA Therapy for Autism through Medicaid’s Pilot Program

The Utah Department of Health issued a notice on their website that parents of an autistic child between the ages of two and six could enroll the child in a pilot program by Medicaid. Referred to as the Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver, this pilot program would treat about three hundred children through Applied Behavior Analysis […]

Providence Health Court Ordered to Cover Autism Therapies.

Portland, OR –  U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled last week that Providence Health cannot deny coverage of autism therapies on the bases that doing so violated state and federal laws. This ruling could help many Oregon children on the spectrum who desperately need the therapeutic help. The ruling came about after two Portland based […]

Autism and Aversive Therapies

Editor’s Note: Autism Daily Newscast recently published a story about a woman in China who claimed to “cure” 10 children with autism using her “violent” method of therapy.This article is an abridged version of a longer article that can be found in this month, Issue 10 of ASDigest. This method, used at the Leyironghe Kindergarten […]