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Understanding Behavioral Therapy for Autism

by  Mark Bertin M.D.
Although there is no cure for autism, various interventions diminish the symptoms, sometimes profoundly.  Since both social and communication differences are part of the diagnosis, behavioral and speech language therapy are typically the foundation of intervention.  But one challenge in planning, and a stress for parents, is that no single educational plan works for all children. From a research point of view, the most proven approach for children with autism remains behavioral therapy.  While behavioral intervention sometimes seems meant only for overly rambunctious children who act out, that’s not the case.  It’s also the main tool we have to develop social skills. Just as a varsity athlete continues to work to improve even when things are going well, a behavioral therapist acts like an athletic coach in polishing your child’s social abilities. For a parent, figuring out what approach to take with behavioral therapy can be confusing. For starters, schools freque…

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Upcoming Webinars and Calls

NEW Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Strategies for Success Wednesday, July 25, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm ET
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) 

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations Wednesday, July 25, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm ETSocial Security Administration NEW Brain Under Construction: Building Pathways to Resilient Futures Thursday, July 26, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET HHS Partnership Center Summer Webinar Series, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) The HOPE Initiative Launch Webinar Thursday, July 26, 11:00 am ET National Collaborative for Health Equity and Texas Health Institute in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Society and Health The Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative is a new resource that provides data on health, opportunity, and equity for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Your Child’s Services are Related to their Needs, not the School District’s Availability

One of the most frustrating things I hear too often as a special education attorney is that school districts will tell parents of special education students that a service or item is not available.  As school districts are well aware, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) provides that special education students must be provided with an appropriate educational program based upon the student’s complete educational needs.  First, school districts must comprehensively evaluate students suspected of having special education needs.  This includes, if warranted, assessments of students’ cognitive, academic, social, emotional, behavioral, communication, sensory, fine motor, gross motor, and visual needs.  Following the completion of a sufficient evaluation of the student’s complete educational needs, an Evaluation Report is issued and includes recommendations for the student’s educational program to be considered by the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) team.
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