News for Behavior Analysts
- New Guidelines Call for Broad Changes in Science Education
New standards for curriculum, which at least 26 states have pledged to consider, take a firm stand on climate change and evolution and emphasize hands-on learning
- Nathan Azrin dies at 82
Nathan H. (Nate) Azrin, Professor Emeritus of psychology at Nova Southeastern University, died of complications from cancer at Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, FL on March 29. He was 82. Dr. Azrin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Victoria Azrin-Besale, sons Michael, David, and Richard, and daughter Rachel.… (full story)
- Federal Court Strikes Down Blue Cross of Michigan's Denial of ABA Treatment for Autism
DETROIT, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The federal district court in Detroit held, on March 30, 2013, that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan acted illegally in denying Applied Behavior Analysis ("ABA") therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder
- Looking for Evidence that Therapy Works
Mental-health care has come a long way since the remedy of choice was trepanation — drilling holes into the skull to release “evil spirits.” Over the last 30 years, treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and family-based treatment have been shown effective for ailments ranging from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.
- Autism Inc.: The Discredited Science, Shady Treatments and Rising Profits Behind Alternative Autism Treatment
The lowest point for Ann Dimick came in January 2012, when in the middle of the night she climbed out of bed, walked across her bedroom and into the closet, closed the door, sat cross-legged on the floor, and dissolved into tears. For the previous month, she had watched her 17-month-old son Jude start to withdraw, regressing before her eyes. While his twin brother, Henry, ran all over the family’s West Austin house and played in the yard, Jude would huddle in a ball on the floor, hugging his blanket. He no longer made eye contact; the words he’d learned to say—car, mama and dad—disappeared. He was constipated. Ann and her husband, Luc, watched helpless as their child effectively faded away. “Am I going to lose this little guy forever?” Ann thought in the closet that night. “Will he come back? Will he ever talk again?”
This was before the autism diagnosis. Before futile visits to their pediatrician. Before the reams of advice—some of it warranted, some of it not—from friends and random strangers. And it was before the Dimicks dove headfirst into a minefield of information and misinformation about what on earth to do for their little boy.
- Massachusetts Becomes 10th State to License Behavior Analysts
On January 9, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law H4555, which provides for licensure of applied behavior analysts and assistant applied behavior analysts by the state Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals. The law states that applicants for licensure as applied behavior analysts must provide evidence that they completed a doctoral degree program that included at least 60 credit hours of coursework "related to the study of behavior analysis" or a master's degree program that included at least 30 credits hours of such coursework as well as a course sequence approved by the Board of Registration.… (full story)
- Obama Signs Bill Expanding ABA Care for Military Kids
WASHINGTON, DC (January 3, 2013) -- President Obama has signed bipartisan legislation creating a one-year pilot program expanding ABA care to all military families through TRICARE, the Pentagon's healthcare program, a critical first step in improving services for military families raising children with autism.
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