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Legislators urged to mandate autism coverage

As parents detail their plight, insurers counter that services would cost too much

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:47 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014

For Gerilyn Pinnow, every dollar that goes to treat her son's autism is one less she's able to save for her daughter's college education.

That choice is one reason Pinnow and other parents are pushing the Hawaii Legislature to pass a bill that would require insurance companies to cover treatments for autism, a move opposed by some insurers, who say it could lead to higher costs for people seeking coverage.

The bill is named after Pinnow's 12-year-old son, Luke, who was diagnosed with autism at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Traveling to get Luke diagnosed cost the family about $10,000, she said. Pinnow, a teacher who lives in Ewa Beach, said she had to tap into her retirement and short-sell her family's house to cover treatment costs.

"No other family should have to go through that," she said in an interview Monday.

Hawaii lawmakers continue to work out the details of Senate Bill 2054, which would require insurance companies to cover applied behavioral analysis and other treatment options. Applied behavioral analysis is widely viewed as the most effective treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

But the Hawaii Medical Service Association, one of the state's largest insurance companies, opposed the bill, saying it would be too expensive to provide the services.

Jennifer Diesman, vice president of government relations for the company, said in written testimony that a previous audit estimated it would cost $1 billion for Hawaii companies to provide treatment. Instead, HMSA asked for a cost study and informed the Legislature that its insurance plans would have to undergo a price adjustment if the bill passed.

"The Legislature should not adopt legislation mandating this coverage until it fully understands its financial impact," Diesman said. She declined to comment further.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii also expressed concerns about the bill to lawmakers.

Nationwide, 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hawaii is behind 36 other states that already have mandated health care coverage for autism treatments, said Heather O'Shea, executive clinical director for ACES, a San Diego-based autism treatment provider that has offices in Hawaii.

"This impacts everyone," O'Shea said. "This is your cousin, your nephew, your sister. It's everywhere. And these individuals have a right to have a full, fulfilling life."

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have passed different versions of the bill. They are now debating an age limit for children who would receive mandated treatment and an annual or lifetime cap.

The age limits that have been considered ranged from 8 to 18 years, and the cost caps ranged from $50,000 per year to $300,000 for a lifetime, said Sen. Josh Green (D, Naalehu-Kailua-Kona), co-chairman of the bill's conference committee.

In a conference committee meeting Monday, Rep. Della Au Bellati said House members are drafting a new proposal to pre­sent to Senate members Tuesday.

"There are real strong concerns about cost, so that's what we want to pay attention to," Bellati (D, Moiliili-Makiki-Tantalus) said in an interview. "We're looking for a way to responsibly share the cost throughout the community."

Schools in Hawaii provide some level of treatment for autism disorders, and Pinnow has taken advantage of those treatments for her son. But applied behavioral analysis wasn't offered, she said.

"It's a moral imperative that we do this," Green said. "The bill will not get held up by us quibbling around small details. I want children with autism to be covered."

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press

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peanutgallery wrote:
HMSA stands opposed to this coverage. They don't want their exec's to give-up any of their 7 figure salaries.
on April 22,2014 | 03:21AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
This only means that my insurance premiums will increase by another 5 percent, for something that my family is not afflicted by. If the legislature wants to help these families, why impose another unreasonable financial burden on the rest of us? After HMSA raises our premiums 14% this July, they will use this to raise our rates again. How stupid are our legislators?
on April 22,2014 | 08:45AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
The actual rise in cost of treatments for the states (now 36) that cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) is 31 cents per member per month. The cost is insignificant, especially when we consider the gains...that will save us all money in the long run.
on April 22,2014 | 02:25PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Sorry if I don't believe you. When HMSA gets the mandate, they turn it over to their actuaries, accountants and lawyers to boost that to at least 5%. Look what they did with the Obamacare mandates, 14% this year and more in the coming years.
on April 22,2014 | 04:38PM
false wrote:
Autism is an incurable disease. Controlled somewhat by drugs but incurable. Settings become disruptive by autistics, sad but true. The state just doesn't have the financial resources to combat this unfortunate condition. Maybe other states do.
on April 22,2014 | 09:10AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
This state is spending more money in "managing" these individuals than the cost to treat them would be. We don't need more money, but a better, efficient application of the funds allotted.
on April 22,2014 | 02:26PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Autism affects the entire community. For individuals who receive early, intensive, behavioral interventions, studies show that 47% will not require lifelong care. These individuals can then become contributing, tax paying members of our society. The state cannot afford to NOT pay!
on April 22,2014 | 02:52PM
makule1957 wrote:
If insurance companies are forced to cover autism or any "uncovered" illnesses, the end result will be the consumers footing the bill through increased rates and higher co-pays. Like anything else the bottom line is the consumer will end up paying for the increase in cost(s) to any business. Oh well, such is life........
on April 22,2014 | 04:34AM
wiliki wrote:
The system is a little flakey today. I didn't get to submit my posting here. The system just gobbled it up..... The issue here is not about whether coverage is offered by HMSA. The title of the article is ".. to mandate autism coverage" but when you read the article it is really about mandating an obscure type of therapy that has not been adopted by psychiatrists and psychologists in Hawaii.

Hawaii's school provide therapy in educating the kids. It is impossible to educate them otherwise. The legislature has only one doctor, Green, and he does not seem to know much about autism.

on April 22,2014 | 09:18AM
bekwell wrote:
The paper has an automatic delete app. It's keyed to certain words that are deemed offensive to others. Unfortunately, a lot of us disagree on what is offensive. Many words are hi-jacked and take on other slang meanings. You can come to a stop light with another car blaring out offensive rap from an open window, but you can't use those words yourself. Welcome to the world of selective sensorship.
on April 22,2014 | 11:21AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Consumers are already paying a pretty penny for costs of managing individuals with autism and related neurological disorders. It's about minimizing costs and maximizing treatments to improve the quality of life for all individuals.
on April 22,2014 | 02:28PM
Donna2415 wrote:
Having an autistic child is tough, but it shouldn't everybody's problem.
on April 22,2014 | 04:41AM
krusha wrote:
Most disruptive kids in classes probably suffer from some form of autism, so it will affect the learning of other kids in classrooms if they don't have some kind of way to treat these kids and assist parents who can't afford those treatments.
on April 22,2014 | 07:07AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on April 22,2014 | 08:43AM
wiliki wrote:
True I've heard high end estimates of up to 10% to 20% of the boys. Some of this is attributed to all kinds of things like vaccine injections, or the human microbiome (antibiotics excessive use or cesarean births). The jury's still out.
on April 22,2014 | 09:25AM
PakeLady wrote:
while there's no one cause of autism, the research is clear that vaccines don't contribute to the condition. Parents can get their kids vaccinated w/o anxiety that it'll lead to autism.
on April 22,2014 | 10:06AM
wiliki wrote:
It's a matter of faith rather than belief in the facts. These parents think that the scientific community is lying to them.... A little like Republicans who refuse to believe good textbook economics advice from academics like Paul Krugman.
on April 22,2014 | 10:22AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Vaccines do not cause autism. Enough funds, time, and energy has been dedicated to disproving the cause (perpetuated by Jenny McCarthy and other faux celebrity scientists). We need to focus on intervention, prevention and identifying true causes.
on April 22,2014 | 02:31PM
wiliki wrote:
We could always use another study to disprove this. People really to be educated on the facts-- again and again-- before they will accept them.
on April 22,2014 | 05:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Having a pothole in your neighborhood is tough, but it shouldn't be everybody's problem. Having a hurricane roll in to Kauai is tough, but the whole State shouldn't pay. Donna we are in this together. Mahalo.
on April 22,2014 | 08:52AM
CriticalReader wrote:
The problem is that this isn't about potholes in the road. It's about potholes in private driveways. And, we all have them. The question is how many of these kinds of private potholes should be filled, and whether they should be paved with gold or asphalt.
on April 22,2014 | 09:55AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
These children have a right to be free from institutions, to have treatment that improves their safety and the safety of others around them, to graduate from school, go to college, and become contributing members of society.
on April 22,2014 | 02:33PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Which children? All children or autistic children? Improving safety, graduate from high school (that's what you meant, right?) going to college, and "becoming contributing members of society" are all worthy goals. But not every child reaches them, and behavioral deficits of some sort would be to blame whenever a child does not. Name a kid who hasn't achieved any of those things, and I'd be able to demonstrate to you a behavioral deficit by someone, somewhere that caused it. Three easy "behavioral" deficits that are to blame for failure to graduate from high school or not graduate from college, for instance, are 1) Not paying attention in class; 2) Not doing homework assignments; and 3) Not studying for tests. ABA could fix those deficits in ALL CHILDREN, right? So ALL children not paying attention, Not doing homework assignments and not studying for tests should receive treatments to cure those things covered by medical insurance?
on April 22,2014 | 07:20PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
1 in 68, 1 in 54 boys. These children are members of our community. They are not burdens for society to bear, but people, children. We should give them the chance of a future that can be bright, meaningful and productive. Consumers are already paying a pretty penny for costs of managing individuals with autism and related neurological disorders. It's about minimizing costs and maximizing treatments to improve the quality of life for all individuals.
on April 22,2014 | 02:43PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
1 in 68, 1 in 54 boys. These children are members of our community. They are not burdens for society to bear, but people, children. We should give them the chance of a future that can be bright, meaningful and productive.
on April 22,2014 | 02:29PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
The ABA program for autism is an educational treatment. Federal Law requires that all children including those with any disability which includes autism, be given a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Thus the cost of ABA, if it is the appropriate treatment for the child must be provided by the Department of Education. Furthermore, this must be provided by the school at no cost to the parent. Unfortunately our dysfunctional DOE is violating the law by not providing it and suggesting that parents medical insurance should cover the cost. They also do this with assessments, providing minimal assessing and forcing parents to get the appropriate assessments privately elsewhere. The cost this family incurred to travel to get the assessment done should have been covered by the Department of Education. There is a process to force the DOE to do what they are supposed to do, called Due Process. It would be better for Mrs. Pinnow to seek a lawyer specializing in special education to assist her in getting her rights from the Department of Education. The child's "treatment" for autism is an educational issue, not a medical one, and the cost should be covered by the Department of Education, not private insurance. The DOE is in violation of federal law, and any claim that they have limited money or personnel is no excuse to violate the law.
on April 22,2014 | 05:53AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Here's a site that discusses applied behavioral analysis. http://www.appliedbehavioralstrategies.com/what-is-aba.html.
on April 22,2014 | 06:09AM
CriticalReader wrote:
take a look. tiwtsfm is right. It's bascially a multidisciplinary special ed approach, presumably more concentrated than that offered by the DOE, but more realistically, one that merely promises more than the DOE provides. Autism is a tough condition for families to live with. Autistic children simply do not develop typically and therefore do not behave typically. One huge problem is that the community involved in the industry of providing treatment of the condition floats hope that what they can do is to make the autistic child typical - with enough time, and money and "services". That's what parents of autistic children desperately search and pay for. That's what the advocates of this law want insurance companies to pay for. Long, expensive attempts to make autistic children typically developing children.
on April 22,2014 | 06:24AM
Buckykat wrote:
I agree with tiwtsfm and critical reader. Naturally, parents want their children to fit in and be as "normal" as possible. None of the treatments available will cure the child, though many can help mold behavior and are educational, not medical approaches. Unfortunately there are a lot of very charismatic people who prey on parents desperate to try anything. Hawaii has plenty of people capable of diagnosing autism. If people truly want "free" healthcare for all, it should include only treatments proven successful in at least some percentage of the population and should not cover care on the mainland that is available in state. There's also a tendency among some parents and individuals to shop for doctors who will tell them what they want to hear. If they have convinced themselves via an internet forum that their kid is autistic, they'll seek out a doctor who gives that diagnosis to most kids s/he sees.
on April 22,2014 | 06:53AM
wiliki wrote:
I think that it's more likely that parents know that there's something wrong with their kid. Having an autism diagnosis may not be sufficient to solve this problem.

For example the kid who committed the Stony Hook shootings was also clinically depressed most of life besides being autistic. He had a very twisted personality that was not addressed with the autism diagnosis-- although family and school authorities were relieved by the diagnosis and did not proceed any further.

He really needed to be treated for mental illness as well as treated for autism to function normally in this world. Most of the time we look for silver bullets and do not want to keep looking for the best solution.

on April 22,2014 | 09:38AM
wiliki wrote:
There's a book about the killer's father, Peter Lanza, that was in the news recently that covers these autism issues... "THE RECKONINGThe father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers" BY ANDREW SOLOMON.
on April 22,2014 | 09:43AM
goinglobal wrote:
I am not positive but I thought the shooters mother was having him sent away to a center to deal with his autism and depression issues and that is what set him off. He thought he was being abandoned.
on April 22,2014 | 10:21AM
wiliki wrote:
The book claims that they thought that treating for autism was a silver bullet. The treatment would solve ALL of Adam's problems. Of course if you don't treat for mental illness, there's not much chance of a good prognosis for a cure.

Hawaii schools should realize that. Teachers can do simple therapy for autism in education but they cannot handle mental illness if the kid goes off the deep end.

Kids with autism and personal problems tend to act out and are very disruptive and full of hate. They are not very lovable and appreciative of help. So it's hard to treat them with kindness when they don't believe that you have any love for them.

on April 22,2014 | 10:32AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Then Sen. Green and Rep. Belatti need to be looking at the DOE and not private health insurers for answers.
on April 22,2014 | 07:15AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
That is correct.
on April 22,2014 | 08:17AM
CriticalReader wrote:
And that is why the legislature is looking at this. This move is designed to transfer the obligations created by the Felix Consent Decree (which are way overbroad) from the DOE to insureds. Follow the path and it's a great little trick. Define these ABA treatments as medically necessary, and they're no longer educational in nature - they're medical. The parents of these children are shooting themselves in the foot, and being taken over a cliff by providers. The providers are doing their voodoo act, once again, to extract funding sources now that the DOE has brought things into balance - and refusing to compensate. But, the result - one which the providers' greed will blindly MAKE a justified result - will be that the DOE will turn around and say, "AHA! Now it's MEDICAL - all these things you want us to do - The new law says so. We don't do MEDICAL. We do EDUCATIONAL. Leave us out of it". Parents of autistic children supporting this bill are being pushed off a cliff. $50K per year? $300K lifetime? How long do you actually think it's going to take these providers to bill $50K in a given year, folks? How much for one ABA "team" meeting? Psychiatrist, psychologist, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, hippo therapist, psych aide, physical therapist aide, speech therapist aide, occupational therapist aide, hippo therpaist aide, PC physician, neurologist, orthopedist, geneticist, opthomalagist, chiropractor, nutritionist, osteopath, biofeedback technician, social worker, therapeutic aide, etc., etc., etc.? $50K is gone by February in any given year. $300K is gone by age 8 (after which, the DOE chants "MEDICAL, NOT EDUCATIONAL"). Be careful what you ask for.
on April 22,2014 | 08:54AM
wiliki wrote:
The governor should have a task force examine the issue of appropriate therapy for autism in the schools. Legislators are unqualified to rule on this no matter how much they want to help.
on April 22,2014 | 09:48AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
There are two cases right now, going to hearing where public schools on Oahu have mistreated children ...sometimes to the extreme of literally duct-taping them to desks and chairs. There does need to be an overhaul, support, and training for DOE teachers and specialists, but that is only one piece to the solution.
on April 22,2014 | 02:36PM
wiliki wrote:
It's more convenient for the principal of the school to blame the teacher rather than mental illness in the student. There is something really wrong if it is necessary to duct tape students to desks. Teachers and parents know that there is something really wrong with the child.

When kids are depressed, they can act out and really be disruptive and full of hate. This is beyond the teacher to handle and the principal should immediately get help for the kid and his family. Assign a social worker to this kid.

on April 22,2014 | 05:14PM
CriticalReader wrote:
BB. but is ABA "educational" or "medical"?
on April 22,2014 | 07:22PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Representative Belatti has contacted DOE and they shared that they are currently spending $37 million dollars on "containing" children with autism in Hawaii's schools. The DOE is part of the solution, but only a part. The needs of children with autism far exceed the hours of a typically school day. The treatments that these children require are part of, but certainly exceed what is traditionally described as Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
on April 22,2014 | 02:35PM
wiliki wrote:
Exactly... it is an educational issue and I assumed that the state has already been trying to conform to the Felix decision and is implement therapy measures for autism in it's education policies. Looks like the DOE is run by a lawyer who is looking for a loophole in the law to avoid providing any therapy at all.
on April 22,2014 | 09:30AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is considered a medically-necessary, empirically validated, treatment for individuals with autism (and other neurological disorders). You wouldn't expect DOE to provide leukemia treatments or chemo to cancer patients. While schools can provide some level of ABA services (if given proper training and support), the need far supersedes the educational scope of expertise of the department of education (DOE).
on April 22,2014 | 02:24PM
wiliki wrote:
Special ed teachers already are certified to teach the autistic through therapy. They don't have to use ABA. Other therapies work too. We have a long history of successful autistic education in Hawaii after the implementation of the Felix Consent Decree.

Hawaii in short already has the expertise. It's a matter of adopting another therapy and what role it should have with autistic children.

on April 22,2014 | 05:08PM
bekwell wrote:
The federal government mandates a lot of things that are beyond a rational persons understanding . . . and beyond a persons ability to pay.
on April 22,2014 | 11:25AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is considered a medically-necessary, empirically validated, treatment for individuals with autism (and other neurological disorders). You wouldn't expect DOE to provide leukemia treatments or chemo to cancer patients. While schools can provide some level of ABA services (if given proper training and support), the need far supersedes the educational scope of expertise of the department of education (DOE).
on April 22,2014 | 02:45PM
soundofreason wrote:
"For Gerilyn Pinnow, every dollar that goes to treat HER son's autism is one less she's able to save for HER daughter's college education.">>>Key word......"her". If HER funds can't afford this and HER insurance says this treatment is too expensive then why are WE getting stuck with the bill. If college finances are TRULY an issue because of this, then THAT'S where college loans come into play. No "college fund" necessary. So, she can stop pushing this off onto taxpayers.
on April 22,2014 | 06:45AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Have you seen how much college loans cost? Personally, I think any person who wants to further their education should be able to afford it, because having more people who are educated helps our economy through diversity of business. I'd rather my taxes go to that as well as treatment of ill children versus giving tax subsidies to companies like Exxon, which received $600 billion in tax breaks and effectively paid only 13% in taxes one year, and zero taxes another. If you're truly concerned about misuse of taxpayer money, this woman and her children are not whom you should be railing against.
on April 22,2014 | 07:52AM
wiliki wrote:
No mother will take stupid advice about what's best for her sick child. That's why medical treatment is not a commodity like wheat which sinks to the lowest price in the free market. Instead, in a non-market of medical treatment, costs rise to more than patients can afford unless they are very wealthy or can buy good medical insurance.
on April 22,2014 | 09:52AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
Autism affects the entire community. For individuals who receive early, intensive, behavioral interventions, studies show that 47% will not require lifelong care. These individuals can then become contributing, tax paying members of our society. Geri's children, everyone's children, here in our community are all our ohana.
on April 22,2014 | 02:21PM
krusha wrote:
Autism has become an epidemic. Seems like everyone knows somebody with that disorder. I just hope they figure out what the root causes are for most to these cases so they can find a way to prevent kids from getting it. I'm guessing it is related to the prenatal Tylenol use findings in a recent study on ADHD in kids.
on April 22,2014 | 07:05AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Autism has become an epidemic.">>> I agree and I think we're handling this all wrong. Today, being gay is "ok"....transgender...."ok"......Let's just follow that path and promote autism as also being "ok" and then we have nothing to fix......or fund.
on April 22,2014 | 07:39AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sound is still in denial. Man these tea party people are something else.
on April 22,2014 | 08:49AM
wiliki wrote:
Or mean Republicans who think that the almighty dollar is more important than a sick child. However, Democrats should exercise caution with highly technical arguments.

Tylenol is possibly a problem, but let's not band tylenol until it has more credibility with the science community. If we do that, then we are nothing better than quacks. It's like parents who refused measles vaccines who worry about autism.

on April 22,2014 | 09:59AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
It is not okay to detach ones retina, to have no way to communicate or speak. It is appropriate to allow every individual to be themselves, but children with autism, without support, are never truly able to express themselves.
on April 22,2014 | 02:39PM
eastside808 wrote:
I would like to propose a bill to cover all those parents who had normal children. Because the DOE could not provide the quality services to educate my children so they would have a fulfilling life, I chose to send them to a private school for 13 years. If that was not enough, I sent them to 4 years of college and I have yet to finish paying off the years of borrowing to fund their early childhood and college. I believe everyone should share in the raising and funding of my children so they can have a fulfilling life as well.
on April 22,2014 | 08:56AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Your sarcasm is actually not too far off the mark. This is a slippery slope.
on April 22,2014 | 09:44AM
wiliki wrote:
I'd prefer to beef up the Peace Corp while we are cutting excessive military expenses. Peace Corp volunteers would have the same GI Bill benefits as the military.

This will probably do more for world peace than all the military force that we can muster. It's cost effective. It will also solve the excessive tuition problem in our colleges today.

on April 22,2014 | 10:05AM
false wrote:
Interesting but "normal" is relative.
on April 22,2014 | 10:22AM
bekwell wrote:
You are right on, but unfortunately it wouldn't work. Not enough normal people left to support the abnormal.
on April 22,2014 | 11:32AM
PakeLady wrote:
My heart goes out to parents raising children with autism. They need resources so their kids can have the best shot at living fulfilling lives, as Ms. O'Shea points out in the article. There must be a way to help these folks without breaking the bank and raising rates for everyone, whether they have autistic children or not. Della Bellati seems to think so. I say we give her space to make a compromise that will help autistic children and not create a financial burden on everyone w/ health insurance.
on April 22,2014 | 10:04AM
CriticalReader wrote:
One big problem is that autism diagnosis and treatment is a growth industry. My prediction is that once treatment coverages become mandatory for insurance, diagnosis numbers shoot through the stratosphere - and so do health insurance rates.
on April 22,2014 | 10:21AM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
In other states that has not been the case, but I see the need for caution. Children with autism (even high functioning) pose a greater safety risk to themselves and others around them. Those children cannot be tossed aside, because we worry some who don't need treatment will have it prescribed.
on April 22,2014 | 02:41PM
bekwell wrote:
Best blog today. We all really feel for those with autism, and their is extra expenses. There is also organizations of volunteers that understand autism. It's a difficult condition to diagnose and to explain.
on April 22,2014 | 11:42AM
false wrote:
Why stop at autism. Kids are born every day with abnormalities such as Down's Syndrome, dwarfism, blood disorders, etc. etc. Don't hear much about them so why autistism???
on April 22,2014 | 03:57PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
1) Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate, respond to surroundings and form relationships. It is associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 88 individuals in the US is diagnosed with an ASD, which makes it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social economic groups and is 4 times more likely to strike boys than girls. 2) More kids will be diagnosed with ASD this year than AIDS, Cancer and Diabetes combined. Autism affects us all. Hawaii's keiki are our ohana. 3) There is no cure for autism, only early detection and early intervention, specifically applied behavior analysis (ABA). 4) ABA is supported as a treatment for autism by the... = US Surgeon General: David Satcher, MD, PhD = American Academy of Neurology = American Academy of Family Pediatrics = American Academy of Pediatrics = American Academy of Occupational Therapy Association = American Psychological Association = American Speech-Language Hearing Association = Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics = Autism Society of America = National Institute of Child Health & Human Development = National Institute of Mental Health http://appliedbehaviorcenter.com/ABAEndorsements.htm 5) ABA is effective for learners of all ages A number of recent studies confirm that ABA techniques are effective for building important life skills in teens and adults with autism. Many comprehensive autism support programs for adults employ and combine ABA techniques to help individuals transition successfully into independent living and employment. www.autismspeaks.com 6) ABA is a medical treatment, which requires specific training and oversight. For more information about becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). www.bacb.com. 7) 36 other states now mandate coverage for autism insurance coverage. Despite inflated, speculated costs, the actual cost to members in other states that provide coverage is 31 cents per member per month. That's less than a cup of coffee per member per year.
on April 22,2014 | 02:16PM
Behaviorbabe wrote:
For more information about applied behavior analysis, consider visiting www.behaviorbabe.com www.abainternational.org www.hawaiiaba.org
on April 22,2014 | 02:17PM
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