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Blue Shield and Blue Cross Agree to Cover ABA

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Although the law has not changed in California, Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross have recently settled with the Department of Managed Health Care and have agreed to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services as supervised by a licensed professional. Senate Bill 770, which allows ABA services to be provided by qualified personnel, including those

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Presentation on Evidence-Based Treatments for Autism

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Dr. Karen Barbi, from ACT, will give a free presentation on Evidence-Based Treatments for Autism on September 26th.  Please call (818) 707-1717 for more information.

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Early Start Denver Model Presentation

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Dr. Sarah Pashalides, from ACT, will give a free presentation on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) on August 29th. ESDM was developed by Dr. Geraldine Dawson, the Chief Science Officer from Autism Speaks, and Dr. Sally Rogers from the UC Davis MIND Institute. ESDM is based on both Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and developmental foundations

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Baby Toddler Autism Checklist

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Recent research funded by Autism Speaks shows that a one-page baby toddler checklist called the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile (CSBS DP) can be used effectively as early as 12 months to screen children for autism and developmental disorders. Click here to download the free tool and scoring information: http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/wetherby-csbsdp/checklist.htm

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Siblilngs and Risk of Autism

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A new sibling study from the UC Davis MIND institute found that the younger siblings of children with autism may be more likely to develop autism than previously thought. Past estimates, typically between 3 and 10 %, may underestimate actual recurrence rates. The study, published on August 15th in Pediatrics, reported that 1 in 5

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Twin Study: The Roles of Genetics and Environment in Autism

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Stanford’s California Autism Twins Study – the largest autism twin study ever – suggests that environmental influences during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for autism.  Genes are known to contribute to the risk for autism; the twins study provides strong evidence that a shared prenatal environment may play a greater role than previously suspected

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Wandering and Bolting Common in Autism

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The IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering, a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, reports that about half of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders between the ages of 4 and 10 years wander or run away from safe places (four times the rate of the same behavior in their unaffected siblings).  More than a third

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Birth Complications and Autism

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The first scientific review of research on birth-related risk factors for autism has identified conditions that may contribute to the neurobiological disorder.  Sixty different birth-related conditions were explored; the following thirteen conditions and complications were identified as having the strongest association with increased risk of autism: abnormal birth presentations (e.g., breech), umbilical-cord complications, fetal distress,

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Autism Insurance Reform

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CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO ATTEMPT TO ENACT MEANINGFUL AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LAWS.  Twenty-seven states in the U.S. have enacted laws that require private insurance companies to cover evidence-based autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  In California, Senate Bill 166 and Assembly Bill 171 are in the works and would require health insurance companies to

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Date of Conception and Risk of Autism

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CHILDREN CONCEIVED IN DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH HAVE A GREATER RISK OF AUTISM.  In a study of 7 million children born in California across a 12 year period, researchers from the UC Davis MIND institute found that children conceived in the winter through early spring months had a progressively greater risk of being diagnosed with autism

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