How to Specialize in Autism without a BCBA Outside the US

A number of countries that did rely on BCBAs for treating people with autism will have to evaluate other viable options. With the prevalence and awareness of autism increasing substantially worldwide, many countries are not well prepared to serve this population.

People with autism vary significantly in how autism impacts them and the way they perceive the world, making it important to have qualified experts that truly understand autism to treat them. However, having qualified practitioners is a very common problem, especially across lower and middle-income countries throughout the world:

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An Open Letter to ER & Medical Professionals From an Autistic Adult

From Dr. Kerry Magro – Speaker, Author & Autism Self-Advocate

Dear ER & medical professionals,

Growing up with autism I dealt with severe sensory challenges. Bright lights would hurt my eyes. Loud noises would either have me covering my ears or bolting away from the noises. There were plenty of meltdowns. These are all too common reactions for many of us on the spectrum. Experiences like going to a doctor and/or hospital can be scary for all children (and adults) but especially for someone like me who has autism. Continue Reading →

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Why a Great Facilitator is Crucial to Teletherapy (Telepractice)

As teletherapy becomes more prominent across different settings, the therapist-facilitator relationship is more important and varied than ever.

Facilitators are incredibly important when it comes to the success of the client and they play a vital role in teletherapy. The facilitator can be anyone from the client’s parent, caregiver, teacher aid, student support specialist and so on. Continue Reading →

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BCBAs Soon Not Being Certified Outside U.S.: What Certification Now?

A number of countries who relied on BCBAs for treatment for autism and other related disorders will have to find another alternative.

This article explores the prevalence of autism worldwide, the lack of diagnosis and treatment options in many countries, and why the BACB decided to make the decision. The next article focuses more on what these countries can do if they are looking for alternatives. Continue Reading →

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An Autism Perspective: Why Childhood Jobs are Important

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS, (and proudly autistic)

Temple Grandin and I share a lot of opinions about how important what we do in childhood can be in forming us as people.

I have the good fortune to be a friend of Dr. Temple Grandin, a self-advocate for autism who became one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 for her accomplishments with revolutionizing the meat processing industry through her unique understanding of helps to soothe and de-stress cattle. Continue Reading →

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Hospitals + Providers: How to Effectively Communicate With and Treat Autistic Patients

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS (and proudly on the autism spectrum)

Currently, 1 in 44 children in the US are diagnosed with autism, with many more children and adults being missed or receiving a diagnosis later in life as adults. This means a high percentage of individuals bring seen in hospitals, pediatrician or primary care offices, emergency rooms, and other healthcare settings have sensory and communication differences that need to be understood and addressed by providers. 

Lack of specific training and knowledge in the healthcare field is constantly leading to people with autism not being diagnosed or treated properly as well as often avoidable situations that impede timely or effective care. The experience of a person with autism starts when they arrive at your facility and first get to intake, so the importance of training does not stop with the medical staff. It actually starts with the non-medical staff in intake, as often times overwhelm can start before the person with autism has even seen their healthcare provider, adding sometimes insurmountable challenges to effective care. Continue Reading →

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Pikeville Medical Center is First Emergency Department in Kentucky to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Pikeville Medical Center’s Emergency Department, a Pediatric Ready Emergency Department, is now the first ER in Kentucky to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Pikeville’s ED is deemed one of only four hospitals in Kentucky to be Pediatric Ready by the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services for Children (KYEMSC) Program, which makes their autism training and certification vital to caring for all patients, including those with autism. Continue Reading →

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Why Is Teletherapy Training Essential for Speech Therapists? (SLPs)

Telepractice or teletherapy has burst into prominence due to many therapists being forced to work remotely due to concerns of COVID-19, and many therapists are realizing the benefits both for their patients and for themselves as a therapist. Even many therapists that were not considering incorporating telepractice before are now being forced to integrate it in order to effectively serve their current clients and attract new ones. Continue Reading →

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Urgent Care or the Emergency Room when you have Autism?

The emergency room is a stressful environment for just about everyone, especially for people on the autism spectrum. Watching the hustle and bustle of the medical staff and patients can make anyone feel on edge. Even if you’re not coping with a life-threatening emergency and are neurotypical, the atmosphere of a waiting room in the emergency ward can be overwhelming — and overstimulating. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Departments: Avoid the Service Guarantee Trap

The most common complaint about a trip to the emergency room (ER) is usually that the wait time at the ER was far too long.

Some emergency departments (EDs) have jumped on the bandwagon of offering service guarantees: unless a patient receives care in a certain amount of time, it’s free.

While at first glance this can seem like a strategic business move and simple solution to the consumer’s problem, service guarantees can actually pose serious challenges to EDs that could end up hurting their reputation and credibility. Many emergency departments have found that they did get an increase in patients, but due to systemic challenges in serving those patients it was actually detrimental to the department as a whole. Read more to find out how. Continue Reading →

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