Treatment & Therapy

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

Study Points To Possibility Of Reversing Autism Symptoms

New research suggests that a decades-old drug may be able to reverse symptoms of autism and now the medication is set to be tested in children with the developmental disorder.

Military Families Make Push For Increased ABA Coverage

Currently, access to applied behavior analysis is limited for kids with developmental disabilities whose parents serve in the military, but efforts are underway to change that.

In Hunt For Autism Treatments, A Push For Brains

Autism researchers say they desperately need people with the developmental disorder to become brain donors. Now a new network is launching to streamline efforts to solicit donations.

Study Finds Adults With Autism More Prone To Chronic Disease

Though less likely to smoke or drink, a new study finds that adults with autism are at higher risk for a slew of health problems ranging from diabetes and obesity to heart failure.

Kids’ Use Of Behavioral Meds On The Rise

A new survey finds 7.5 percent of children are taking medication to address behavioral or emotional difficulties and in most cases parents say the drugs are making a big difference.

Study Confirms Tummy Issues More Common In Kids With Autism

Children with autism are four times more likely than other kids to experience gastrointestinal troubles, researchers say in a new study providing the largest look ever at the issue.

Feds Warn Against Unproven Autism Treatments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that many products claiming to treat or cure autism do not work and may present serious risks.

FDA May Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is considering banning devices used to administer electric shocks to children and adults with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

Motor Skills Lagging In Many With Autism

In addition to social and communication struggles, a new study finds that children with autism are often up to a year behind their typically developing peers in acquiring motor skills.

Telemedicine Shows Promise For ABA Therapy

Using web-based technology to teach parents the strategies of applied behavior analysis could offer big gains for kids with autism, new research suggests.

Debate Surrounds Condition That Mimics Psychiatric Disorders

Experts say that treatable infections may be behind a growing number of children developing symptoms of psychological disorders seemingly overnight, but the idea remains controversial.

NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update

Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Federal Autism Panel Raises Concerns Over DSM Changes

A federal advisory panel is urging clinicians to be careful when applying new diagnostic criteria for autism in order to ensure that no one is denied needed services.

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