Linda’s Blog: Where’s the Lunchtime Social Time in School?

teacher cartoonPosted by Linda Joy Robertson, Co-Owner and BCBA,
Step-in Autism Services of Alaska, LLC

 The other day, I was visiting with another Grandmother who is raising her young (Kindergarten) grandson. She mentioned that he often comes home from school without eating his lunch; sometimes his lunch was untouched. This child is thin and Grandmother is concerned. Continue reading →

Dr. Michael Dorsey’s tips about preparing for the IEP process

Dr. Michael Dorsey, Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral studies at Endicott College. Dr. Dorsey is a licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is a Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies at the The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College.

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Holiday Survival Suggestions

Here are some suggestions for daily activities during the holiday season.  Make a rough plan for the day(s) for your child. Children with autism have most difficulty when they have too much “free time”. Continue reading →

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) is a bill that will allow savings accounts for individuals with disabilities to spend on education, housing and transportation. The savings accounts will not affect eligibility for SSI and Medicaid. Here are some details on these savings accounts:

1.    Enable people with disabilities or family members to put up to $14,000 per year in the account, up to $100,000 total amount.
2.    ABLE accounts could generally be rolled over only into another ABLE account for the same individual or into an ABLE account for a sibling who is also an eligible individual.
3.    The funds must be spent on qualified expenses related to the individual’s disability, such as health, education, housing, transportation, training, assistive technology, personal support, and related services and expenses.

Announcing Annual Parents Night Out

“Day is done, gone the children from the game room, from the program room, from the tech room. All is calm.”
Ah…the end of another successful “Parents Night Out”. Emily and her wonderful crew had a packed house from 1:15 to 4:15 and we had a smaller but just as fun group from 4:30 to 7:30. Hopefully, parents either got to finish their Christmas prep., or go out to dinner and a movie. Thanks again, to all the wonderful, caring families we work with and to the incredible staff that we couldn’t survive without.

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Autism Speaks provides this Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R™)

Please refer to this link from Autism Speaks. The MCHAT is an early diagnostic screening for parents.

This is why we do what we do.

There are words in our language which move us. Words that offer a surge of emotion unsurpassed by any picture. Words that bring forth hope, affirmation to hard work, and joy beyond all joy. Today I heard one of those words. The word was ‘egg’. This word may not seem substantial, not at first. This word was spoken by a three year old experiencing autism. This word was the first word ever heard by his dad and those three letters changed the world of that family.

This is why we do what we do.

We had a visit from our local firefighters.

Our Social Group kiddos did AWESOME!


Thank you to our community service men and women for all you do and taking time out of your busy days to help our kiddos know that IF they need you, not to be scared and not to hide.

TriCare Policy Changes Summary

For our clients tracking the TriCare policy changes, here is a nice summary. The 2 year time limit is for clients enrolled in all ABA coverages including the ECHO program as written in this new policy.

 AMFAAOC sealS Assessment of New TRICARE ABA Policy

  Read and review. Contact your legislators with comments or concerns. Continue reading →

Autism Speaks Provides an Insurance Link Resource


Navigating the complexities of health insurance can be very challenging – especially when trying to determine your coverage for autism. “Autism Speaks Insurance Link” is an online application developed by Autism Speaks that will help you determine whether an individual is entitled to coverage for the treatment of autism under their health insurance plan. Based on your responses, this tool will provide details of the coverage required by state law and resources to assist in claims reimbursement. If coverage is not available under the existing plan, “Autism Speaks Insurance Link” will equip you with information necessary to effectively advocate for the addition of a meaningful benefit.

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