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July 13, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW


Indiana Families Fight for Autism Coverage

July 13, 2015 11:25 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW   [About the Author]

There is a fight brewing in Indiana regarding continued insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis for the treatment of autism, and the end result may cause an important ripple, affecting how autism treatment is covered in other states. Parents of an autistic son brought forth a class action suit on April 9th against Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield after the insurance company cut services for their son. Anthem maintains that autism treatment is not the responsibility of insurance but of the school system during school hours. [More]

May 12, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT


Novel Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Unveiled

May 12, 2015 10:43 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

Using three dimensional images and statistical analysis, the team has identified a way to discern specific patterns of facial features and structures which may be common to children with ASD. Once children’s faces have been scanned, the measurements of features along the actual curvature of the faces are compared to the various symptoms displayed. The results of this study have indicated correlations within subgroups based on facial traits and the severity and types of ASD. [More]

March 25, 2015
by Sharon Heller, Phd


Social Media Helps Autistic Boy Have Birthday to Remember - Behind the Diagnosis

March 25, 2015 10:16 by Sharon Heller, Phd  [About the Author]

Birthday parties are meant to be special days for a child. But for a 6-year-old Florida boy, the day was devastating. Though Glenn Buratti's mother Ashlee Buratti invited his entire class over for a party, none of the 16 kids showed up. Glenn is autistic. Children on the autistic spectrum have great difficulty in socializing and making friends and often feel isolated and alone – and especially for birthday parties where no one shows. [More]

October 29, 2014
by Marti Wormuth, MA

a brief overviewof autism

A Brief Overview of Autism

October 29, 2014 10:27 by Marti Wormuth, MA  [About the Author]

a brief overviewof autism
One thing that a lot of media attention has gone toward as of recent is a neurobehavioral disorder known as autism, and everything that falls under the "autism umbrella." Autism is a category of disorders has only really been researched and discovered in the past couple of decades, and has only really been explored for probably the last 20 years or so. [More]

August 11, 2014
by Dr. DeeAnn Visk

atthe cornerof mental healthand genetics

At the Corner of Mental Health and Genetics

August 11, 2014 04:55 by Dr. DeeAnn Visk  [About the Author]

atthe cornerof mental healthand genetics
Quick: what do bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism, and attention-deficient hyper-activity disorder all have in common? A portion of each of them can be attributed to the same genetic mutations (Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, 2014). It is not at all surprising that psychiatric disorders can be inherited. What is eye-opening is that the same genetic mutation is implicated in more than one mental illness. [More]

April 24, 2014
by Christie Hunter

confused about mental healthand autism

Confused About Mental Health and Autism

April 24, 2014 04:55 by Christie Hunter  [About the Author]

confused about mental healthand autism
People are confused about what autism spectrum disorder is at a time when the rate of diagnosis is increasing 30 percent every two years. This indicates the need for an in depth conversation that defines autism, explains its symptoms and raises awareness of its growing presence in North America. Autism is a multifaceted diagnosis with many categories. After all, it is a spectrum disorder meaning the term itself encompasses a range of behaviors, cognitive abilities and social skills. [More]