April Digest, 2 of 2


National News

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care
DisabilityScoop – Lynda Douglas thought she had a deal with Tennessee. She would adopt and love a tiny, unwanted, girl with profound disabilities named Charla. The private insurance companies that run Tennessee’s Medicaid program would cover Charla’s health care.

Study Shows Many Doctors Stalled Autism Diagnoses
Child Mind Institute – New analysis of a national 2011 survey showing that many healthcare providers were mistakenly dismissing parents’ early concerns that their children might be on the autism spectrum comes as no surprise to moms and dads of kids who went on to receive an ASD diagnosis.

Georgia Law Now Guarantees Autism Coverage for Children
AJC.com – Georgia Republicans who have long rejected the mandates in President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul managed to find one insurance requirement they could get behind.



Brain Connections Give Clues to Sensory Problems in Autism
Simon Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Signals that relay sensations from nerves into the brain are abnormally strong in people with autism.

Parent Training Can Improve Behavior in Young Children with Autism
PsychCentral – Teaching parents specific tactics to deal with serious behavior problems appears to be the best way to reduce behavioral issues in young children with autism spectrum disorder.

Moms of Autistic Kids May Ease Stress by Journaling
PsychCentral – Journal writing may be an effective way for moms of autistic children to lower their stress levels and improve their relationship with their child, according to a new paper published in the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Study Rules Out Link Between Autism and MMR Vaccine Even in At-Risk Kids
LA Times –  At least a dozen major studies have found that early childhood vaccines do not cause autism. But one possibility remained: that immunizations could cause autism in a small group of children who were already primed to develop the disorder.



Autism Researchers Eager to Use Apple’s ResearchKit
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Autism researchers often agree to disagree, but there are two facts few will argue with: Researchers struggle to enroll participants in clinical trials in sufficient numbers, and most measures of autism-related behaviors are subjective.



Restraint And Seclusion Mandate Advances In Senate
DisabilityScoop -A plan to rewrite the nation’s primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.

Kids Losing autism Diagnosis May Still Need Educational Support
Medical News Today – A study examining children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder whose social and cognitive symptoms had resolved 4 years later has found that most continued to have emotional and behavioral symptoms that required special educational support.

IDEA Applies To ‘Twice Exceptional’ Students Too
DisabilityScoop – Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services, even if they are cognitively gifted, federal officials say.


Teens & Adults

Teens With Autism Stretch, Grow And Laugh In Improv Classes At Second City
Huffington Post – For the past two years, the iconic Chicago-based comedy theater/school has offered an improv comedy program aimed at teens with autism spectrum disorder.