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!
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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

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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.

- See more at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/insurancelink#sthash.A89i6wiR.dpuf

Interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?

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Practice Calming Techniques During Calm Moments

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Take a moment and look at your kiddo. Is he/she upset or calm?  If the answer is calm (or mildly upset), capitalize on this opportunity and practice calming techniques.

Take some deep breaths with your kiddo and talk about an upsetting situation he/she experienced recently.  How could you handle that? Take breaths to calm down, take a quiet moment, ask for a hug… Our culture is fast-paced, stressful, and over-stimulating.  We are asking very young kids to perform difficult tasks (reading, writing, spelling in Kindergarten!) We also need to teach appropriate responses to frustration and calming strategies to reduce the frustration. Our kiddos start this learning as early as possible (even 2 year olds) and can be taught it as a game and through play.

Practicing during calm moments will help make that response a habit!

AARC is hosting FREE TRAINING Sept. 25 & 26, 2014

Alaska Autism Resource Center

Space is limited so please call or e-mail today to register! 

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Scientific results predicting a potential cause for autism spectrum disorder

Neuron_headerlogo Courtesy repost from Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 994–996.
Loss of mTOR-Dependent Macroautophagy Causes Autistic-like Synaptic Pruning Deficits, Guomei Tang, Kathryn Gudsnuk, Sheng-Han Kuo, Marisa L. Cotrina, Gorazd Rosoklija, Alexander Sosunov, Mark S. Sonders, Ellen Kanter, Candace Castagna, Ai Yamamoto, Zhenyu Yue, Ottavio Arancio, Bradley S. Peterson, Frances Champagne, Andrew J. Dwork, James Goldman, David Sulzer, Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 1131-1143

http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(14)00651-5 Continue reading →

Put a Smile on Your Face: Take an Art Break Today

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Art Break Day, September 5, 11:00am-1:00pm

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Remember to take your art break with us this Friday at Fred Meyer West.  This is Step-In Autism Services of Alaska second annual community Art Break event and Fred Meyer West has graciously offered to host the location.

There have been more than 9,000 participants at other Art Break locations around the world since 2011. We hope to see you there and share in the experience.

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