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Is ABA Therapy a Medical Benefit or Educational Benefit?

In June of 2012 a there was a federal policy change that took place that provided more families living with autism access to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.


The United States Office of Personnel Management stated that there was enough evidence behind the use of ABA Therapy to make it a medical service and not an educational service. Granted this move is largely focused on government employees as the US Office of Personnel Management focuses on benefits offered to these employees, but it could also impact non-government workers as well. Continue reading

What Are The Characteristics of Aspergers


the characteristics of Aspergers, set it apart from other diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum.  Autism and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are two general terms that are used to describe a group of complex disorders of brain development. In general these disorders are characterized in varying degrees by:

  • Difficulties in social interaction
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Repetitive behaviors

This group includes:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Rett syndrome
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified
  • Asperger’s syndrome Continue reading

Impact of Dropping Asperger’s from the DSM-V

A big change is about to take place in the soon to be released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as the DSM-V. Asperger’s syndrome is going to be dropped from the manual and instead it will fall under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The American Psychiatric Association released a statement stating that, “The new criteria

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