Watch this one-of-a-kind video series where Autism Live host Shannon Penrod sits down with the world-renown Temple Grandin for a candid one on one interview about autism. In this first video, Temple addresses the necessity of early intervention with ABA Therapy for children on the spectrum.
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide care and treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has announced it will commit up to $100,000 in funding to underserved families in the Coachella Valley who are impacted by autism as part of the ACT Today!
On November 18th the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) sent “cease and desist” orders to three insurers that denied coverage for speech and occupational therapy services without determining whether such care was medically necessary, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh will be hosting a two-hour seminar entitled, “Creating a Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Program for a Child with Autism,” on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Edison State College in Ft. Myers. This event is specifically designed for parents, practitioners, educators, and caregivers. Attendees will learn about effective, individualized treatment programs that teach necessary skills and maximize skill acquisition, specifically for children with ASD. If you would like to attend the event and hear Dr. Doreen speak, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 3.
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, world- renowned autism expert, clinical psychologist, and the founder and CEO of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc., will host a two-hour seminar, “Creating a Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Program for a Child with Autism,” on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Edison State College in Ft. Myers. Attendees will learn about effective, individualized treatment programs that teach necessary skills and maximize skill acquisition, specifically for children with ASD. The event is designed for parents, practitioners, educators, and caregivers. Attendees must RSVP to email@example.com by Dec. 3.
In partnership with CARD, the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) is offering an option for autism professionals to get continuing education units (CE’s) . On November 11th IBT is hosting a live webinar for BCBA’s and BCABA’s entitled “Monsters on Board – Maximizing Practitioner Effectiveness with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)”. The webinar will last 2 and a half hours and will offer 3 credits with a cost of just $75!
The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) will host a training on Nov. 11, 2013, in Marina Del Rey, Calif., to teach professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure effective supervision of individuals who are pursuing certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 2003) is a functional contextual approach to behavior change, rooted in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT: Barnes-Holmes, Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2002). ACT offers behavior analysts a “toolbox” for effectively addressing problematic private events that can interfere with the effective delivery of services to clients. When behavior analysts are able to identify problematic private events, they can then utilize research-demonstrated ACT techniques to maximize their effectiveness even in the face of extremely challenging clients (Snyder et al., 2011). This training is intended to provide an overview of the ACT model and its processes and to engage participants in both didactic and experiential exercises that will introduce them to the application of ACT in the workplace.
While the media and politicians might want you to think otherwise, it’s not that difficult to understand the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) and, more specifically, whether you can now access insurance to cover autism treatment in your state. While the federal exchange website has experienced some problems, many of the state exchanges, such as those in California, Kentucky, and New York, are running smoothly. If you currently don’t have insurance that pays for autism treatment, you may live in one of the 27 states that is now offering that coverage through its state exchange, and you may qualify for federal subsidies to reduce the costs of that insurance.
CARD and Magellan Health Services (MGLN) today announced the implementation of Skills®: The Online Autism Solution across Magellan’s network of behavioral health providers who work with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Skills® curriculum will enable providers to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses, design individualized and comprehensive treatment plans, and track treatment progress. Skills is based on the scientifically-proven principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and was created by researchers and top-level clinicians at CARD.