A Third Year of ABA Workshops in China

 


Dr. Joyce C. Tu, founder and director of Center for Behavioral Sciences and our related company, ABA Unlimited, traveled to China again last week to present four days of behavior analysis workshops in two cities:  Haikou and Guangdong, the most populous cities in southern China’s Hainan and Guangdong provinces.  Filled to capacity, there were about 500 attendees—primarily educators and physicians.  This is a repeat performance for Dr. Tu, who has presented a series of six applied behavior analysis (“ABA”) workshops in China in three consecutive years, reportedly earning unanimous praise from frontline teachers, industry experts and institutional leaders.

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Autism Therapy Robots, Arise!

By Astrid Liddel

 

Some people on the autism spectrum might seem like robots trying to discover how to be human.  As an individual diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I can tell you that robots and autism can be a helpful mix.  Although modern robot therapy is used primarily in helping children, perhaps someday robots will be used to help people of all ages with ASD.

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An Interview with Sean Barron

By Astrid Liddel

 

Finding someone with high-functioning autism to interview for my blog was surprisingly difficult.  People don’t tend to advertise their autism, so you can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to interview Sean Barron about his inspirations and advice to young people with autism—particularly young writers!

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ABA Must Not Overlook Adolescents and Adults

By Shaji Haq, Ph.D., BCBA-D

 

Over the past twenty years, applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment providers for children with developmental disabilities—particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—have multiplied exponentially.  But ABA treatment facilities for adults are sparse.  This is a tragedy; we’re often stopping short when treatment is still critical, and in some cases, even more so.

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FINDING BALANCE

Finding Balance:

Autism’s Weaknesses & Strengths

By Astrid Liddel

Autism, depression and anxiety can make life very difficult.  Often, I find it hard just to get out of bed and get dressed.  Not everything is hard for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), though.  In this post, I will be discussing some of the things that come (and don’t come) easily and why.

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ABA Medi-Cal Funding: An Update

By Ronald Moreno, M.A., BCBA

Background

In 2011, Senate Bill 946 mandated that all health insurers in the State of California provide coverage for Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) services, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), for all individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis regardless of age.  ABA was finally recognized as a medically necessary treatment for individuals with ASD!

  In July 2014, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) received federal approval to provide BHT services as a Medi-Cal benefit for individuals under the age of 21 with an ASD diagnosis.

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Making Sense of Autism

Making Sense of Autism:

A Personal Perspective

By Astrid Liddel

My name is Astrid Liddel, and I have autism. You probably have lots of ideas about what I might be like, just by seeing the word ‘autism’ in conjunction with my name. Some of those ideas might have some truth to them, while others might not. So I will tell you about myself so you can see what I am actually like. Hopefully, this will inspire you to see autistic people in a different light.

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