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Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
Diagnosis Autism: What now?
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  • 1. Marlene Hauck Diane Booth & Cheryl Young July 22, 2010 1MSU-Billings 7th Annual Conference on Autism
  • 2. Session overview  Share stories  Talk about interventions  Discuss insurance  Close with Questions July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 2
  • 3. Marlene Hauck & Jared July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 3
  • 4. Therapies  Speech therapy (started at age 2 and ongoing)  Occupational therapy (started at age 3 and ongoing)  Floortime and Hannen program (started at age 2 until age 5)  PLAY therapy thru Easter Seals (started at age 4 until age 5)  Social group thru Scottish Rites and Easter Seals (ages 4 and ongoing) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 4
  • 5. Medical Interventions  Vitamin B12 (age 5)  Sugar free/dye free diet (age 5)  Probiotic (age 5)  ADHD medication (started at age 6 and ongoing) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 5
  • 6. Activities  Little Gym (age 3 until age 5)  Private swimming lessons (age 6 and ongoing)  Coach Pitch Baseball (age 7) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 6
  • 7. Dianne Booth & Logan  Logan is a twin and they just turned 17 years old on July 7. These are some of the therapies that Logan has participated in. All have been successful in one way or another and all have been worth the effort. July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 7 Age: 24 months, 3 months prior to decline
  • 8. Therapeutic Interventions  Home based ABA program for two years (age 5 through 7)  AIT Therapy (age 4)  Visual Therapy (age 8 or 9, received prism glasses)  Informative Pointing Method (because Logan is non- verbal we introduced typing and writing as another form of communication – this also is ongoing and continues to be successful)  Horse Back Riding (Because we live on a ranch we wanted Logan to learn to ride and handle a horse)  Speech Therapy (on going)  OT Therapy (on going) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 8
  • 9. 4-H Club & Horseback Riding: July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 9 Riding horses helped Logan develop confidence and independence. In 4-H, Logan made projects and sold them at the fair.
  • 10. Educational Interventions  Gymnastic course (age 8, my sister attended these classes with him)  Learned to ride a two wheel bike (age 9)  Swimming lessons (age 12, learned to swim during these lessons)  Cooking lessons (Logan decided he enjoyed cooking so this is ongoing)  4-H member (age 15 and 16, completed and sold projects at the 4-H fair sale)  1 on 1 education in the school setting (this included football season when Logan was the waterboy) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 10
  • 11. Just hanging out and fitting in: July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 11
  • 12. Medical Treatments  Treatment for seizure disorder  Numerous EEG’s & MRI’s  PET scans  IVIG  Allergy testing  Homeopathic intervention  Mitochondrial disorder testing and treatment July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 12
  • 13. Where should parents start?  Research and create an inventory of local services: 1. Evaluation Providers 2. Governmental Resources 3. Parent Organizations 4. Non-profit Organizations 5. Therapy Consultants 6. Insurance Providers  Autism Screenings  PLUK  Children’s Autism Waiver  STEP  AWARE  PLAY Project  Scottish Rite  MAHCP  Private Practitioners July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 13
  • 14. MT Department of Health & Human Services offers FREE Autism Screenings  Central MT Full Circle :  (406) 248-2055 (Billings/STEP)  (406) 452-9531 (Great Falls/QLC)  Eastern MT Dev. Ed. Assist. Prog. (DEAP)  (406) 234-6034 (Miles City)  Western MT Child Development Center (CDC)  (406) 549-6413 (Missoula)  (406) 755-2425 (Kalispell) or Toll Free 1-800-914-4779 July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 14
  • 15. PLUK – Parents Let’s Unite for Kids  PLUK – Billings 516 N. 32nd Street, Billings, MT 59101-6003 (406) 255-0540 or Toll Free 1-800-222-7585 plukinfo@pluk.org (See handout) July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 15
  • 16. Children’s Autism Waiver  http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/mt0667rwaiver/ Dept. of Public Health & Human Services Children’s Autism Waiver P. O. Box 4210 (111 Sanders) Helena, MT 59604 406-444-5662 July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 16
  • 17. Local Non-Profit Agency Services  STEP (Support & Techniques for Empowering People) 644 Grand Ave. #1 Billings, MT 59101 406-248-2055 or 1-800-820-4180  A.W.A.R.E. (Anaconda work and Rehabilitation Enterprises) 1050 S. 25th St. W. Ste. 2 Billings, MT 59102 406-656-0928  PLAY Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Easter Seals – Goodwill 1537 Ave. D, Suite 210 Billings, MT 59102 406-252-9600  Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic 50 27th W. Billings, MT 59102 406-727-1088 July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 17
  • 18. Parent’s choice  Nancy Rice and Vicki Andre Speech and Language Ability Center Billings  Paula Kitzenberg Easter Seals Goodwill Billings  Shawna Heiser Special Learning 1 on 1 Bozeman  Heather Clare Every Kid Can California July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 18
  • 19. Brandon’s Law (2009) 33-22-515  Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders  Up to $50,000 8 years old and younger  Up to $20,000 9 years old through 18  Covered:  Habilitative or rehabilitative care (medically necessary)  Medications, psychiatric or psychological care  Speech, audiology, occupational therapy, or physical therapy  ABA Therapy  Applied behavior analysis, discrete trial training, pivotal response training, & early intensive behavioral intervention July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 19
  • 20. Navigating the Insurance World  Montana Association for Health Care Purchasers (MAHCP)  Manages State Employee Group, University System, Community & School District Insurance  “Gold Standard” will utilize Autism Waiver providers and Behavior Analyst Certification Board credentials.  Start: Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic – Dx: Autism Spectrum  Parents can find a “network provider” -low or no deductible or  Parents can find an out-of-network provider  Contact: Don Creveling dcreveling@mahcp.org July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 20
  • 21. Blue Cross Blue Shield: Not covered  Allergy Testing  Art Therapy  Chelation Therapy  Cognitive Rehabilitation  Erythrocyte glutathione peroxides studies  Facilitated Communication  Horseback riding therapy  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy  Immune globulin therapy  Intestinal permeability studies  Music Therapy  Neuroimaging studies  Nutritional supplements  Respite care  Rhythmic entrainment int.  Secretin infusions  Sensory Integration Therapy  Squeeze Machine Therapy  Stool Analysis  Tests of micro-nutrients, urinary peptides, mitochondrial disorders, celiac antibodies, immunological or neurochemical abnormalities  Vision Therapy July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 21
  • 22. Troubleshooting Insurance 1. Call HR department of your employer – determine coverage type and contact information 2. Have MD recommend evaluation & diagnostic exam through MT autism screening program 3. Follow recommendations from MD and E&D clinic 4. Contact providers, review strategies, examine outcome data, interview therapists (be skeptical) 5. If insurance denies a claim, simultaneously (a) contact the insurance company directly, and (b) contact the state insurance commissioner 406-444-4020 or toll free in MT 1-800-332-6148 Always- maintain records, document calls or conversations, stick to the facts, and be persistent. July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 22
  • 23. Time for Questions:  Marlene Hauck  Dianne Booth  Cheryl Young July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 23 Logan Jared
  • 24. Contact Information (You can reach Marlene and Dianne through Dr. Young at MSU-B): Cheryl A. Young, Ed. D., BCBA Assistant Professor of Special Education Department of Educational Theory & Practice Montana State University - Billings 1500 University Drive, COE 236 Billings, MT 59101 Phone: (406) 657-2195, FAX (406) 657-2104 cyoung@msubillings.edu http://www.msubillings.edu/coe/ETP/ABA.htm July 22, 2010 Billings Conference on Autism 24

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