Support continues to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The ABLE Act would help parents save for their children’s long term care and ease financial strains faced by families of individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. The New York Times Editorial Board has weighed in on this important issue. Read their endorsement of the ABLE Act here.
A mom shares a life-changing insight followed by expert care, thanks to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. Read about it over on their blog.
A new registry jointly developed by Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties to allow citizens with special needs and their associates to voluntarily provide information to assist emergency response agencies.
You can read more about this registry or sign up at: https://specialneedspa.org.
Abington Township Library
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Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Joseph M. Masiuk, Esq. Flood & Masiuk, LLC
Kelly Clarke, MSW, Executive Director Plan of PA
Patrick Bergmaier, CFP® Independence Wealth Strategies, an office of MetLife
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The mother of an autistic toddler, whose open letter to a kind stranger she sat next to on a plane made headlines, has reconnected with the man who made her daughter smile during a two-and-a-half-hour flight. Read about this heartwarming story at: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/businessman-befriends-autistic-girl-flight-makes-everyone-39-235300300.html
The journal PEDIATRICS has just published an article on the validation of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F).
The M-CHAT-R/F (Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder in toddlers. It can be administered and scored as part of a well-child care visit, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD.
Professionals using the 2-stage screener can be confident that most screen-positive cases warrant evaluation and referral for early intervention. Widespread implementation of universal screening can lower the age of ASD diagnosis by 2 years compared with recent surveillance findings, increasing time available for early intervention.
It is strongly recommended that users switch to this new version of M-CHAT-R/F. It is available for free download for clinical, research, and educational purposes here.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has published a newly revised medication guide for parents on treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Updates to the guide include the addition of new research about children with ADHD in school, the transition of adolescents with ADHD into college and adulthood, and more effective treatments.
“We hope this Guide will aid families to better understand the advances being made in ADHD and its treatment, and to serve as a useful tool for clinicians caring for individuals with this disorder,” said Theodore Petti, M.D., medication guide workgroup chair.
To download the pdf of the ADHD Parents Medication Guide click here (45 pp).