The Insurance Problem

There is an issue within the institution of insurance and what they actually cover, and what they actually don’t. Insurance deficiencies impacts all disabled people. It is understandable that all insurance companies have to pay redolent claims for years as the constant battle for them to determine if a claim is truthful or fraudulent.

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Medicare and Medicaid are companies paying out the majority of the disability claims, however there are plenty of private companies that pay claims as well, however most follow Medicare guidelines.

What is misunderstood by most people is that for insurance companies to pay for anything there has to me some sort of medical justification for each claim that is proven before anything is paid for. This justification must come from a professional as a doctors prescription is simply not enough for some jobs to be done. If one were to call Medicare and ask if a service of a piece of equipment is specifically covered for a disabled person, they will tel you that the provider has to submit a claim and then they will pay for it.

The insurance company often does not mention that the DME submits all kinds of documentation along with the specific claim for it to actually be paid. the lack of communication and information often frustrates people and then the people think the insurance camping employees aren’t doing their jobs. The truth is that they are working very hard at gathering the requested information to make sure the services are paid for. People who work in any industry can understand what its like to be disabled and try to help people, but insurance capping do make things very difficult and frustrating.

It’s helpful to note that insurance companies are not evil or malicious and the policies the pt in are there for a good reason. most of the time, these policies that make claims difficult tog et approved are actually put in place because people have defrauded the insurance companies for years, with millions of dollars basically stolen from them. Insurance companies also face the issue that most people believe they don’t know the differences in medical conditions and which services or equipment is required to help with these questions. Insurance companies actually have full trained medical staff that know exactly what they are doing and also strive to do the right thing, however policy does often get n the way of doing the right thing.

The question still remains – what can I do to make the insurance companies actually help me out and pay? How can I help my family? The answer is to advocate for your cause and get politically involved. Insurance issues are important and friends and family can help raise the issue around the insurance system in the country. The best thing to do is get as many people as you can out there and get motivated, get involved, and start advocating for the people you love.

There Needs to be a Better Explanation for the Surge in Autism

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The latest from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows a steep rise in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Apparently, from the data, the numbers are so off the charts that is hard not to conclude one of two things: That there’s something wrong in the way we measure the data, or that there is something extraordinary going on.

1 in 68 American children now has autism. From last year, the rate has increased by 30 percent and in 1975 it was 1 in every 5000. Graphically, this data shows a curve showing an exponential growth in autism over the past decade alone.

If the conclusion is that we’re simply measuring autism incorrectly, theres actually a fair amount of evidence to suggest that as much as 53 percent of the data variation can be explained away by factors such as improved diagnosis, detection, and awareness.

It’s true that the definition of “autism” continues to change to include a much larger range of descriptions, in regards to symptoms along the spectrum. So it’s expected than an increased in the number of cases will occur if we are making it easier to define autism. There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that the current numbers are no cause for alarm and actually may underestimate the incidence of autism in the population.

This still leaves approximately 50 percent of the rise in autism cases to explain through science. There may be as many as 60 different disorders that are associated with autism and various factors at work with most of them linked to changes in our environment or genetic factors,s much as increasing parental age.

As a result, the Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks states that what causes autism remains a mystery. That is also compounded by the fact that unlike any other medical disorder, there is no definitive way to rest for autism. There is no blood test, there is no biopsy to be taken. Only 10 percent of autism cases are “definitive.”

Science is making strides to find a solution, however. We know now more about the human genome than we have ever known before and we are on the cusp of understanding, in broader terms, the workings of the human brain. Thanks to new brain science initiatives, these two areas of science have bee put together and might allow a solution to the mystery of autism to arise. Instead of coming to conspiracy theory conclusions of how changing the environment are leading to autism, science will help focus our energy on the truth and the facts so that we may ask the right questions.

The latest example of innovations in genetics and BrainSpan help unravel the mystery of autism, such as the BrainSpan Atlas project. Nature reports that it might be possible to track the genetic markers that are responsible for autism and see how the express within the brain. This could lead to a breakthrough in understanding the genetic origins of autism. Even more exciting is that the results from the BrainSpan Atlas project will be made freely available to the public and researchers lie, meaning that we’ll al have a “brain map” as a guide for understanding autism, it’s causes, and many other factors of the developmental disease.

Once the link between genetics and the brain is understood, the next step will be to develop a theory that accounts for the rise in autism within our generation. A provocative and counterintuitive theory is that autism can be explained by rapid evolutionary changes to the human brain. Neuroscience shows us that the human brain has the capacity for amazing neuroplasticity, (i.e. it change sin response to external stimuli). It makes sense that the human brain might be one of the first places we would see the result of evolutionary change. It is counterintuitive, however, because it suggests that autism is not really a “medial disorder.” Instead, autism can be understand as the result of combining genetic markers for specific aspects of brain activity and human personality in unpredictable ways.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disability that can cause social, behavioral, and communication challenges. ASD is a developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops communicational and interactional skills, as well as learning skills.

A few facts on Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family an average of $60,000 a year.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely to be on the Autism Spectrum than girls.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Research tends to refute the idea that immunizations cause autism, as the cause of autism is unknown. The optimal treatment of autism involves and educational program that is best suited to the specific developmental and behavioral preferences of the child or adult.

It is important to address the unique medical and mental-health needs for each case of autism in order to optimize the autistic person’s life expectancy and quality of life. People with autism and those who are their caretakers often engage in actives like the walk for autism during Autism Awareness month.

Having autism in the family presents many emotional, social and financial challenges. The stress that parents go through while raising their children with autism, as well as other family members of people with autism spectrum disorder can be influenced by numerous factors. Some factors include how well the person with autism functions, the amount of social support the family receives, and constantly keeping an open mind on new treatments and programs. Siblings of children and teens with autism seem to fare better with their understanding and acceptance of the family member with autism spectrum disorder when there is full education regarding their family member’s condition.

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder fail to develop normal, regular social interactions. The issue here being that the very nature of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, is that the person affected by the syndrome has developmental learning disabilities. This in simple terms means that while other “normal” children are developing language, social cue, behavioral skills, and empathy, children who suffer from ASD are falling behind. The best way to help a child with ASD is to provide ongoing vocational care to personalize the treatment, as there are never two identical cases of ASD.

Although there is no medical test for autism, there are plenty of questions that can help in the screening to determine the prevalence of ASD within individuals.

  • Impairments in social interactions
  • Impairments in communication
  • A restricted and repetitive range of interests, behaviors, and activities

Some treatments may improve the outcome of ASD in the long-run.

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that can be detected during the early stages of childhood. Experts do believe that Autism presents itself within the first three years of a child’s life. This specific condition is caused by a neurological disorder that has an effect on brain function and processing. This affects a persons development of communication and social interactivity.

People on the Autism spectrum are observed to have difficulty with non-verbal communication as well as a wide range of social actives that include an element of play or banter.

Autism spectrum is a wide range of possible disorders as no one person that is considered to be autistic has the same symptoms or difficulties. Research with genomes is now beginning to discover that autism spectrum disorder is a shared genetic trait with individuals who have ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder), as well as bipolar disorder, or clinical depression.

What is ASD?

Autism Spectrum Disorder includes any developmental disabilities that have been caused by a brain abnormality. A person with AS has difficulty with social and communication skills from an early point in life. ASD also characters people who prefer to stick to a set of behaviors and will resist any major or minor changes to daily activities. Several friends or family of people with ASD have observed that if the person knows a change is going to happen, an there is time to prepare for such change, the resistance to change is much more bearable for the ASD individual.

Social Skills

The way a person with ASD interacts with others is going to be different compared to the majority of the population. If symptoms aren’t so sever, a person with ASD may appear to others as being socially clumsy or sometimes offensive, or out of synch with everyone else in a given group.

it is a common observation that the ASD sufferer will make little to no eye contact while interacting with people. Also, they may often miss cues we normally give to others when we watch to catch omens attention. The person with ASD may not recognize that someone is trying to speak with them.

The Importance of Empathy

Understanding feelings and thoughts of others is already difficult for the normal person, however for those suffering from ASD it is even more challenging. As a person with ASD has trouble reading social cues and signals, so is their ability to empathize with others. There are therapeutic methods to help assist with this and to help increase empathy within suffered of ASD.

Having a conversation with someone who has ASD may feel like a one-way street, as less ideas or feelings are expressed from their side and it may seem that they are speaking at you, instead of in synch with you.

Brain Chemistry

There are certain chemicals in the brains of children between the age 3 to 10 years old with ASD that develop differently compared to this with other developmental disorders. Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, wrote in JAMA Psychiatry that creatine, choline and N-Acetylaspartate, chemicals found in the brain’s grey matter, develop differently among children with ASD.

Scientist also found that among the 3 – 4 year old batch of children with ASD, the pattern of chemical changes with the brain was similar to those found in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

Mother’s of Autism – Five Ways to Take Care of You

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It’s no question that something changes within you the very instant you become a parent. It’s the realization that this is your child and she comes first now, in all aspects of life. Being a parent is full of beauty and triumphs. Raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder brings challenges that you’ve never imagined and can sometimes feel insurmountable. It takes time to realize this, but even though your children come first, it is imperative that you take care of yourself too.

Here are five tips to deal with stress as an Autism parent and making sure your needs are taken care of:

Take five extra minutes in the morning to get ready.
Use this time to meditate, relax, drink a cup of tea, catch up on something that you’ve had on your mind. Take this time for yourself as a daily ritual.

Fill up with good stuff.
Read positive, uplifting books, articles and blogs. Watch feel good movies and listen to uplifting music. Make sure to read and relax, as well as surround yourself by people that bring out the best in you. Feed yourself well, rest well, and enjoy the little things.

Take breaks.
It’s important to be with yourself alone throughout the day to process and make better decisions about anything. Take breaks to reconvene with yourself and realign your thoughts to positivity.

Let yourself be sad when you are sad.
Trying to turn out the light on sadness only makes it grow stronger. In order to eradicate feelings of sadness, you must look directly at it, deal with it, make peace with it, and move on or else it will continue to affect you until you have done so.

Focus on you.
We aren’t talking about selfishness here. This is about understanding your important role as your child’s caregiver and realize that in order for them to succeed, you must succeed. It’s important to continue your own personal and spiritual growth. It does;t have to be a huge and unattainable goal to make time for yourself, but little by little treat yourself for the hard work you are doing.

The best gift you can give your children is a happy you, especially with the hectic holidays around the corner. Take your time and enjoy each step and each moment.

A Few Things Autism Parents Want You to Know

1. Not all autism is the same.

2. These kids love. They need love.

3. Knowing one child with autism doesn’t mean anything really — they’re all so different.

4. Kids with special needs are smart, talented, creative, and thoughtful.

5. Their mind’s work differently.

Autism parents really want to tell the world that they are both terrified and brave. Even though they’re children may act differently from what someone is familiar with, they are normal to their loved ones and they are full of emotion, love, tender hearts, and hope.

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Helping Children with Autism

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There are many things a parent can do to help children with autism. It’s also important to make sure you get the support that you need to help children overcome their challenges. This may seem contrary to some, however, taking care of yourself first enables you to do your best while taking care of your loved one. It is a necessity and not to be misconstrued as selfishness. Being emotionally strong and ready to take on these challenges with your child allows you to be the best parent to your children. These tips can help make life for you and your family easier.

When you first learn that your child has or might have autism spectrum disorder, you wonder and worry about what comes next. No parent has ever been prepared to hear that their child is anything other than happy and healthy. This type of diagnosis can be particularly frightening as you may be unsure about how to help your child or feel helpless and confused by conflicting treatment advice. You may have even been told that autism is incurable, lifelong condition which leaves you concerned that nothing you can do will make a difference.

While it is truth that autism is not something a person simply grows out of, there are many treatments that help children learn new skills and overcome a wide variety of challenges. With the right treatment plan, and lots of love and support, your child is capable of learning, growing, thriving, and happiness.


Seek help as soon as you suspect something may be wrong. Do not wait for a diagnosis – start the treatment right away. The earlier children with autism spectrum disorders receive help, the better their chance of treatment success. Early intervention is the absolute most effective way to ensure your child’s development and reduce the symptoms of autism.

When Your Child Has Autism:

  • • Learn about autism.
  • • Be an expert on your child.
  • • Accept your child.
  • • Do not give up.

Helping Children with Autism: Providing Structure and Safety

  • • Be consistent.
  • • Stick to a schedule.
  • • Reward good behavior.
  • • Create a home safety zone.
  • • Look for nonverbal Cues.
  • • Figure out the need behind the tantrum.
  • • Make time for fun.
  • • Pay attention to your child’s sensory sensitivities.

Create a Personalized Autism Treatment Plan

While so many different treatments for autism are available, it is tough to figure out which one is best for you and your child. Making things even more complicated, you may hear different recommendations rom parents and doctors. Keep in mind that there is no single treatment that will work for everyone. Each person on the autism spectrum is entirely unique, with different strengths and weaknesses.

You know your child best, so it is up to you to make sure those needs are being met. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • • What are my child’s strengths? Weaknesses?
  • • What behaviors are causing the most problems?
  • • What important skills is my child having challenges with?
  • • How does my child learn best (seeing, listening, or doing)?
  • • What doe my child enjoy and how can those activities be used in treatment?

Autism Treatments: Finding Help & Support

  • • Autism Support Groups
  • • Respite Care
  • • Individual or Family Counseling

Your involvement is vital to success, no mater what autism treatment plan is chosen. You help your child get the most of out treatment by working hand-in-hand with the autism treatment team and following through with therapy at home.