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Save the Date for “STARTING EARLY” a Free Seminar

Step-in Autism Services of Alaska is hosting a FREE training event for parents with family members on the autism spectrum entitled “STARTING EARLY.” The best time to start working with your child with autism is at birth. There are activities that parents can and should do with ALL children as early as possible. Linda Robertson, BCBA, M.Ed., and Co-owner of Step-in Autism Services of Alaska, LLC will outline activities that are appropriate for children from birth through early childhood that will encourage more typical development and enrichment for all children of this age.

This presentation will be held SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the new Step-in office located at 3568 GERAGHTY AVENUE which is one block north of Airport Way and one half block east of University Ave. Seating is limited, so please call 907-374-7001 to reserve your seat today. A map is available online:  https://stepinautism.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/stepinlocation11.jpg.

A message for parents . . .

stepinChildatPlayWhen parenting feels like it may defeat you, remember that our world is filled with these kinds of smiles.

It is all worth it!

News about Tricare Autism Care Demonstration Project

tricare logoThis site suggests the copay for Tricare has changed. Please check this information and determine if it applies to your situation.

Autism Care Demonstration

Beginning October 1, 2015, cost shares and copays will apply to your catastrophic cap. This will reduce out-of-pocket expenses for many ABA therapy beneficiaries.

For all ABA services (BCBA, BCaBA, BT), you’ll pay the copayment or cost share for your plan:

Active duty family members with Prime: $0
Active duty family members with Standard/Extra (and TRICARE Reserve Select):
15% in network
20% out of network
Retired family members with Prime: $12
Retired family members with Standard/Extra (and TRICARE Retired Reserve):
20% in network
25% out of network
These amounts will apply to your annual catastrophic cap

For More Information:  http://www.tricare.mil/autism

 

Daniel Tiger provides lessons in social skills, a courtesy repost

daniel tiger

Daniel Tiger Becomes a Boy With Autism’s Guide to Social Life By Rasha Madkour July 12, 2015 8:41 AM; via the Motherlode blog for New York Times

The PBS program channels the wise, kind and nourishing lessons of Mister Rogers through Daniel Tiger with memorable ditties for handling things like disappointment, frustration, anger or fear of the unknown.  He is also big on skills like turn-taking, cooperation, problem-solving and empathy.

Refer to this link for the full blog:  http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/daniel-tiger-becomes-a-boy-with-autisms-guide-to-social-life/

We are adding to our staff

new buildingStep-in Autism Services of Alaska is currently seeking a qualified administrative assistant to support our very capable team of therapists. Please check out our website for a complete description of the position.

Linda’s Blog: Amazing Summer at Step-in Autism Services of Alaska

AnStepinSocialGroupActivityother amazing summer day at our offices.

I love having the kids longer (many of them) and that we don’t have schedules to keep except for comings and goings.

Reinforcers at this time of year are anything from science experiments (thanks Jude), soccer in the yard, helping grill fresh caught salmon and eating it (thanks Ed), to Nature walks in the park next door. It’s a nice change from so many trips to Subway…Did I mention how much I love my job? Happy kids learning how to be social, and how to control their own behavior. What more could you ask for??teacher cartoon

Beautiful Example

Dailylike This is a beautiful example of what many of our clients go through. We are asking them to unlearn certain behaviors and relearn others. The longer the history with that behavior, the harder it is to change.

Click here to view via dailyliked.net

Previously unknown lymph network connects brain and immune system, may offer insights into inflammation’s role in neurological conditions

Brain Image from University of Virginia Health System

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery. Credit: University of Virginia Health System

Courtesy repost from Autism Speaks, June 2, 2015

For every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role. The discovery was made possible by the work of Antoine Louveau, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Kipnis’, PhD, professor in the UVA Department of Neuroscience professor and director of UVA’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG).

The vessels were detected after Louveau developed a method to mount a mouse’s meninges – the membranes covering the brain – on a single slide so that they could be examined as a whole. Scientists fixed the meninges within the skullcap, so that the tissue is secured in its physiological condition, and then dissected. After noticing vessel-like patterns in Continue reading →

Step-in Autism Services of Alaska has moved.

Step-in Autism Services of Alaska, LLC’s new address is 3568 Geraghty Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

New stepin office

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who came out and moved more with us on this beautiful Memorial Day. The participation of the people in our community is amazing! Tomorrow is set up day and we WILL be ready to restart services on Wed!

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