Autism in the News – Tuesday, 01.04.11
Scientists Test ‘Trust Hormone’ For Autism Fight (National Public Radio)
For decades, parents of children with autism have been searching for a drug or diet to treat the disorder. Their latest hope is the hormone oxytocin. It’s often called the trust hormone or the cuddle hormone. And just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the narcotic oxycontin. Read more.
Apple iPad, iPod Touch might help people with autism take steps toward independence (nj.com)
With a simple touch, Marc Rader knows what comes next in his day. The 13-year old taps the tablet computer screen, and a picture of the kitchen sink pops up, accompanied by his mother’s voice. Read more.
Families Have Mixed Reactions to New Autism Insurance Mandate (Fair Grove, Mo.)
A number of Missouri children are now eligible for insurance coverage of their autism therapies. That’s because a new Missouri law requires insurers to cover $40,000 a year of applied behavioral analysis for children through age 18. Read more.
With support, ‘positive outcomes’ possible for those with autism (Monmouth, N.J.)
Tabitha Cooper was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome on Sept. 11, 2004 at the age of 23. Her diagnosis explained a lot of the struggles she’d battled in high school. Cooper said she wasn’t diagnosed when she was younger because many people thought autism was a mental disorder. Read more.
New Law Expands Services for KY Children with Autism (Frankfurt, Ky.)
The New Year brings Kentucky a new law that requires insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, treatment and therapies of children with autism. Former state representative Scott Brinkman of Louisville, who is the father of a 26-year-old son with autism, sponsored the legislation. Read more.
Autism insurance mandate begins with new year in Missouri (Jefferson City, Mo.)
Several thousand children will become eligible for insurance coverage of their autism therapies as a Missouri law takes effect Saturday. For thousands of others, their parents will continue to have to pay out of pocket or simply forgo the costly treatments. Read more.