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Mandate Stops Short of Necessary Therapy

Insurance industry regulators in California have thrown up roadblocks to thousands of families in the state. A ruling on Monday will force insurance companies to cover speech, occupational and physical therapies. However there will be no mandate to cover behavioral therapies like ABA and other social therapies to build social skills. This of course may put a greater burden on the state years down the road. Something that legislators in many states fail to realize.

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 08:59

Robot Playmates May Assist Autistic Children

In an attempt to facilitate learning social skills, specially made robots that have the ability to monitor a child's emotions are being used to teach children on the spectrum.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 14:21

Empathy: It's In the Genes

A recent study involving highly social mice hypothesizes that the ability to empathize may be rooted deeply in genetics. In testing, researchers observed cross sections of mice behavior when a mouse's distressed squeak was played. The more social mice responded to the distress calls, while a different genetic strain of mice did not.

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 13:14

A Funny Thing Happened .....

submitted by JoeyBarton

On the way home from therapy.....
Mason recently started a social skills class to assist him in what has proved to be his most challenging area. The class is small, 4 kids I believe. All are on the spectrum and all struggling to learn social skills and how to interact with others.
I picked Mason up from class last night at 6p. It was the first time he had seen me all day since I had to leave for the office before he was up. As usual he tackled me with an enthusiastic “HI DADDY”!
That’s always the highlight of my day.

Book Review: Embracing the Wide Sky- A Tour Across the Horizons of the Human Mind

A peek inside the brilliant mind of Daniel Tammet is available in Embracing the Wide Sky. The book by Daniel Tammet details his life and gives insight into how his mind works and what his life is like on a daily basis.

Tue, 02/03/2009 - 13:43

The Importance of Typical Peers

A big struggle for our spectrum children as we all know are social relationships. UCLA professor Connie Kasari speaks about the importance of social skills and typical peer relationships. Also noted is the importance of typical peers receiving training at a young age to learn how to interact with their more challenged friends.

Tue, 02/03/2009 - 09:21


submitted by CristinaBusu

Friendship is that special connection between two or more people that we all get to experience and enjoy. Making and keeping friends requires the most complex set of skills that we have. As one of my clients said “making friends is easy; keeping them is hard”. Why? Because we have to be able to think about the other person’s needs, to listen to our friends even when we are not in the mood, we have to put up with their ups and downs, we have to support them when they are in need and accept them even when they make mistakes. Friendship needs to be maintained by all parties involved…

15 Year Old with Asperger's Syndrome

Trenton, a 15 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, describes his life with Asperger's Syndrome.

Growing Up

Mika gives an introduction to a multipart series on our kids growing from adolescents into teenagers into young adults.

ABC News - The Dangers of Autism

Among the many things parents worry about with autism, are the dangers that their children may experience because they may not have the social cognition to process information from strangers.

Tue, 11/11/2008 - 19:11
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