An agreement between Massachusetts and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that will fund early intervention services for children on the autism spectrum is critical because it provides care at a crucial time in development, said Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School.
UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, joined New England Cable News on Friday, Oct. 3 to discuss the importance of celebrating and tracking developmental milestones in children. Gabovitch will participate in the "Amazing Me! It's Busy Being Three.” event at the Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Team Shriver is excited about lacing up their sneakers for this year's Cancer Walk at the medical school on Sunday, Sept. 28.
How tracking a child’s developmental milestones can increase their potential for a successful life was explained by UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, in a Boston Parents Paper edition focused on raising children with special needs.
Maura Buckley, MPA, a product manager for UHealthSolutions, part of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Division, and Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the UMMS Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, talked about their experiences related to accessing health care and behavioral services for children with autism spectrum disorder, in a segment of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle.
Developmental psychologist Teresa Mitchell, PhD, is fascinated by how children learn. Years ago, as a new behavioral analyst working at a school for the deaf, she noted the students compensated for what they could not hear with enhanced visual focus and perception.
The next speaker in the Shriver Center Colloquium Series, Micah Eckhardt, will present StoryScape: Empowering Children with Autism to Create Interactive, Illustrative Stories on Tuesday August 12. The colloquium is scheduled at noon in the Albert Sherman Center auditorium on the medical school campus.
A large population study is needed to find the true links between autism and obesity, Carol Curtin, MSW, a research assistant professor at UMass Medical School, told SFARI Autism News.
“Most large nationally representative datasets do not include children with autism," said Curtin, who has focused some of her work on the association between disabilities and weight. Existing studies rely on limited data from parents, she said.
UMass Medical School is one of two American universities to serve as a host institution for a European-Union-funded research program focused on developing new technologies to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.
Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about why they believe a new bill to extend coverage of autism treatment services under public health insurance plans is important for families across Massachusetts.