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1 / 3 Jayne Bradford’s husband served as a marine, and retired from law enforcement. Her son served in the U.S. Air Force, her nephew in the U.S. Navy. “I have some pretty close personal acquaintance with people dealing with PTSD, and experiences related to service-induced trauma,” she said. […]
A new test can assess theory of mind — the ability to understand others’ mental states — in adults with autism. In the test, people with the condition interpret scenes in a video for white lies, jokes and irony.
Many people with autism have difficulty grasping what others think or feel. But most tests of this ability are designed for children.
So why is this important???? This is a big area of disability for people with autism! And with testing theory of mind – you can see what deficits that need addressing.
Pretend that you cannot tell when anyone is making a joke. You just don’t get it. Not a big deal? Well, what if you cannot tell if someone is screaming “Fire” to be funny? I don’t think the police or the fire department would appreciate a “false” alarm.
Wikipedia defines the theory of mind as “. . . the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own.” This often leads to misunderstandings like other people believing that the adult with autism is self-centered or selfish.
Autistic children and adults often have to specifically learn skills that we pick up naturally as we grow up. If you have an autistic employee or friend in your life – talk to them if they do something that annoys you. They may not even realize it at all. Communication is always the center of all types of relationships.
Unbelievable! I thought Alabama was finally going to get this settled with the new autism therapy bill. According to the Autism Society of Alabama, Alabama is one of 5 states in the United States that do not require that insurance companies provide ABA autism benefits. FIVE !
And guess what? Alabama is one of those listed. For shame! For an insurance company to deny benefits they must:
deny the condition exists; or
deny that the therapy is proven to work;
HELLO ???? ABA therapy has proven to work in scientific studies for decades. I can see the denial of benefits for nutrition, and vitamins. Even for equine therapy (as all of these are new therapies that haven’t been proven yet). But Applied Behavorial Analysis? Sheesh.
I thought that this was taken care of in 2012 with the passage of Act No. 2012-298 but apparently not according to Autism Speaks, that autism therapy bill :
. . . only require insurers to “offer” the coverage and then charge an additional or higher premium if the policyholder accepts.
Some parents may have insurance
Even if this new bill (which does mandate ABA coverage) fails, there is still some good news for Autism parents in Alabama. Those who have insurance through United Healthcare (fully insured small and large group plans), may have benefits. Beginning Jan 1, 2017 they will now have full ABA benefits. So if you have UHC, the Autism Society of Alabama recommends you check your plan.
And if you have an Obama-care plan covering your children? Looks like there is no ABA coverage, nor is there coverage under Alabama Medicaid. This information comes from the Alabama Austism Society.
Let me know if you live in Alabama and HAVE found decent, affordable coverage for your child’s therapy. I would love to know what insurance companies are stepping up to the plate – and which ones aren’t.
According to Rutgers, an estimated 1 in 68 children nationally — 1 in 45 in New Jersey — is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through high school, children with autism can get tutoring, mental health services, transportation and other resources to accommodate their unique needs, but once they leave the public school system, services diminish dramatically, leaving adults with little support outside of their families.
On Friday, state Senate President Steve Sweeney visited the center, where he learned about the center’s mission and programs, as well as met with Lillard.
“The Center for Adult Autism Services is working to accomplish something that I think everyone agrees should be our top priority,” Sweeney said. “It allows adults with autism to live as fulfilling a life as possible. We want everyone, no matter what challenges they face, to reach their fullest potential. This support can make a real difference in their lives. This is really very impressive. We really need these services throughout the state.”
This sounds like a program that is needed nationwide. And I agree, everyone deserves the chance to be able to have a fulfilling life. Our society trains the children with the expectation that they will have a job at some time in the future. Why don’t we have the same expectation for our Autistic children?
There was nothing in my son’s “transition plans” for HOW he was supposed to attend college – other than to contact the college’s support services. And there was nothing in the “plan” that addressed what to do when the “plan” didn’t work.
I wonder how many of the older homeless people in our country are actually adults with autism. Once the parents or relatives die, who looks after them if they aren’t able to work?
HAMBURG — Diane Simon M.S. CCC-SLP, owns a company called Pedia-Rehab Inc. which provides speech-language therapy and “equine assisted” therapy services to children and adults. Now, after moving to Georgia for nearly a decade, this vital business is back in Sussex County. In 1994, after she graduated from William […]
“Utah is a wonderful community. We have a great safety net. We have a lot of families,” Mackay said. “You can’t throw a rock without hitting a family that has a young adult with autism.”
Mackay said those with disabilities are at a 65 percent unemployment rate whereas autistic adults face an 80 percent unemployment rate.
“That is literally thousands of people in our community,” Mackay said. “They really do have an opportunity to move forward in life, contribute to the community and not be socially isolated and really living in poverty over their lifetimes.”
This article points out the REASON why we are taking the situation in our own hands. Why we will be training our son to work on a farm. A farm does not have the high stress factor that comes with having to interact with the public. You usually don’t move fast or have to think fast. Farming also involves a lot of routine which Autistic people usually thrive on. And even if he doesn’t find farming is his career choice, he will learn a lot of skills. These skills will help him to become self-sufficient. Examples — growing a garden, building a shed, digging up trenches for water lines.
Horses Help Heroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to making positive change in the lives of disabled veterans, their families, and families who have lost loved ones while serving on active military duty.
For the last several years, horse therapy or hippotherapy has become more and more popular. What is this? The term can involve people riding horses for physical therapy benefits.
Many children think of riding as a pleasure. The kids don’t realize that the motion of their body on a horse is increasing their core strength. So “working out” for them is fun. Which means that the children like to do it. It’s a win-win situation because several therapeutic riding facilities use rescue horses. Once the horses are rescued, they are retrained to be therapy horses.
Equine Therapy Does NOT Always Involve Riding the Horse
Recently, horse therapy has evolved to on-the-ground activities. This may involve leading a horse around obstacles. A client might be in charge of grooming and/or feeding horses. And other activities that a therapist might come up with short of actually getting on the horse.
For the last 16 years, horses have been used at the Betty Ford Clinic in Minnesota. There is No riding. Though getting hands on with the horses IS part of the treatment. Most of the patients are there for addiction reasons. But the clinic also uses their unique therapy services to address other issues as well. Mental health, wellness and military/ family issues can all be addressed partially with equine therapy.
What I am interested in is autism. And I’m tickled that equine therapy is also being recognized as an option for autism spectrum disorders.
Georgia has a cute little farm called Butterfly Dreams Farm where autistic kids can have fun. And riding the horse is part of the therapy.
Research results that back up the anecdotal evidence
Horseback riding interventions have therapeutic benefits for people with disabilities. Wolters Kluwer Health
Several studies have just been published that concludes that there is a positive effect to horse riding. These studies involved patients with physical disabilities. Further scientific studies will have to be done to prove that the emotional and mental benefits of equine therapy is not just “theoretical”. And the answer to the question, How Does Horse Therapy Work? , will be definitive.
I believe we are on the right track with our son “B”. Now to find a therapist in our area that we can work with until we get our facility up and running. Of course you must remember that’s our decision as a family. Our son is 23 and hasn’t had a lot of “autism” therapy as he was identified extremely late. Your family and your situation may be different.
For more information on Equine Therapy please keep checking back as we will be posting a lot of articles on this subject.
What do you guys think? Is our theory of training our son in farming a right decision? For those of you who have adult autistic children — what have you found that was helpful in your situation?
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Physical activities incorporating horseback riding can help to improve strength, balance, and other outcomes for children and adults with a range of neuromotor, developmental, and physical disabilities, according to a report in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.