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

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WHO:  Parents of Step-In Autism Services of Alaska, llc

WHEN:  This Saturday, December 20, 2014

WHAT: Our gift to you is the annual Parents’ Day out!

Every year as our gift to our families, we offer free child care for our clients. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Michelle to register or for more details.

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.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis/mchat

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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