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Autism Spectrum Therapies Designated Approved Service Provider for TRICARE Members

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 General News J E 4
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CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 9 Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), an agency providing behavior therapy and other autism services in Southern California, has been approved to provide behavioral services for TRICARE military insurance beneficiaries. This designation makes AST eligible to deliver Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism in military families in the San Diego area.

"Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most widely researched and scientifically-validated method for treating autism," explains Sabrina Daneshvar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Regional Director for AST in San Diego. "All of our programs are based on ABA principles, and are designed to develop language and social skills through developmentally-appropriate play activities and natural family routines."

AST meets and/or exceeds all of the criteria to be a TRICARE-authorized service provider under the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration. The agency:

"The availability of these services through TRICARE is very important, as most experts agree that early intervention can help ensure a child's long-term success," says Dr. Daneshvar. "There is a very narrow window of opportunity to make the greatest impact for children with autism. Consistent access to qualified service providers can be a challenge, especially for military families who move every few years."

For a referral to AST, families should contact their Case Management Coordinator and request the referral to Autism Spectrum Therapies. For more information about AST and its services, contact Dr. Sabrina Daneshvar at 619-592-1742 or sdaneshvar@autismtherapies.com or visit AST's website at www.autismtherapies.com.

About Autism Spectrum Therapies:

Founded by respected experts in the field of autism, Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) provides individuals with autism with a range of services from infancy through adulthood, as well as comprehensive training and support for parents and families in their homes and communities. AST's highly trained clinical staff uses scientifically-validated methods grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, with customized services ranging from play-based early intervention programs, to classroom support, to building practical skills for independent living. AST's intensive family-focused approach facilitates measurable, sustainable progress and helps individuals with autism achieve their full potential. The agency provides services throughout Southern California. For more information, please visit www.autismtherapies.com.

-- Implements ABA principles and targets behaviors associated with the core deficits of autism -- Focuses on changing behavior by observing and measuring behavior in real-life environments -- Uses scientific behavioral data to identify functional relationships between events and behavior -- Gathers behavioral data to track a child's progress in reaching objectives and periodically modify goals -- Trains family members/caregivers how to teach and support a child's skills during daily family activities -- Requires regular meetings between family members/caregivers and service providers and supervisors

SOURCE Autism Spectrum Therapies
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