Archive for March 2014

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Autism Prevalence Increase Announced

CDCYesterday, the CDC reported that autism diagnoses have increased 30% in the past two years. For today’s blog, Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Seattle Children’s Autism Center Medical Director, Dr. Charles Cowan, discuss what this increase means and how parents can best advocate for their children.

“Like a bell on a quiet night, I feel parents need to hear this most: we just want to connect children with the resources they need to thrive at home and at school and throughout their lives. Doesn’t matter what we call it, we want children of all backgrounds, of all resources, and all opportunity to be afforded the chance for a connected, lovely life. As a realist of course, I do know that numbers matter because it changes how we screen, how we Read full post »

Creative Respite For Families of Kids with Autism

It was the day after New Year’s and our support groups were winding down when the idea struck me. These parents were in the midst of a long two-week holiday break from school with their kids and they looked a little worse for the wear.

As they described the reality of what the holidays meant for them (sleep deprivation, high expectations, big disappointments, little or no routine, meltdowns, family members who don’t get it, nerve-wracking security checks at airports), I couldn’t help but wish that there were a way to give them a regular break from this for just a short while. With that, I thought, we could lighten their load and give them the recharge they need to get back up and do it again day after day.  Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs)

SCAC ARNPsARNPs at Seattle Children’s Autism Center

When my children were young, they were patients of a large pediatric practice. It was sometimes difficult to get a same-day appointment with a doctor, so when I was offered one with a nurse practitioner (NP), I took it. This was my first experience with an ARNP and it opened my eyes to all that this medical professional has to offer.

NPs are an integral part of our team at Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC). For more information about them, I turned to Lindsey Miller, ARNP for background on the education and training that is required. Read full post »

Autism and ABA Services in Washington State- An Update

Medicaid and ABA

It has been a year now since Medicaid and a handful of private insurers began covering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for their clients in Washington State.  As expected with an endeavor of this size, there have been challenges with implementation. We have been tracking some of the more common issues that have arisen and offer this blog to help provide guidance for those seeking ABA services for their child.

While parents haven’t reported much difficulty in getting the order needed for insurers, getting approval from some insurers and then accessing services have been problematic for many. Read full post »