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 […]

Iowa Puts $5 Million into Autism Program

Des Moines, IOWA – $5million dollars has finally been approved to fund a program for children with autism. The program, called Applied Behavior Analysis, (ABA) has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. surgeon general to help children with autism improve social skills. The money had been approved by legislature in […]

Rethink Autism – Online Program Makes ABA Affordable for Parents, Educators

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the leading intervention for children with autism. It has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Department of Health, and the United States Surgeon General. Studies have shown that intense early intervention in an ABA program can make a significant difference in the life of […]

More States May Require Insurance to Cover Autism Therapy – Part 1

Current treatments for autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), are costly and time-intensive, and there is no guarantee that they will be covered under Obamacare. The federal government declined to institute a national standard for the coverage of autism treatment until 2016, so for now, the decision remains with the individual states. As of October […]

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 […]