Just as the Autistic Disorder Spectrum encompasses a wide range of abilities, the IQ of an autistic person can greatly vary from one person to another. In one study on autistic children, the average IQ was between 50 to 70. At least 55% of the kids fell in this category. Some of the children (16%) had an IQ less than 50. About 30% of the kids had an average IQ, with 3% showing intelligence higher than 115. (PubMed.gov)
Unlike certain disabilities that are linked with a shortened lifespan, the average lifespan of an autistic person is the same as that of non-disabled people. Someone on the higher end of the Autistic Disorder Spectrum might have additional concerns such as Fragile X, epilepsy, digestive disorders, allergies or OCD, which could impact the person’s lifespan.
Ouch! This is a sensitive area. In most states, a “manifestation determination” hearing needs to be held before any major discipline, such as suspension, occurs. A committee has to determine whether or not the child’s disability, in this case autism, has an impact on the child’s behavior. For example, if the child is known to throw tantrums because his communication is limited, and happens to kick another child while having a tantrum, the committee would need to decide if the kicking was due to his disability. If there is a connection, then he cannot be suspended.
How to get a good Autism Insurance for Georgia?
If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, then you know how costly the needed therapies and treatments can be. For some children, special services are needed on a daily basis!
Recognizing the need for early intervention.
If your child is diagnosed prior to starting school, then your options for receiving help in covering the costs for services is even more limited. (Some states will ensure that kids with special needs will receive necessary services beginning at the age of 3.) Study after study has proven that early intervention is key. The more intense the services can be offered when a child is first diagnosed with autism, the better the chance the child won’t need long-term care when he or she becomes an adult.
The health care dilemma.
Autism is on the rise. One in 88 American children fall on the autism spectrum disorder. Austim is seen more often in boys than girls. Thus, with the increased number of children being diagnosed with autism, health insurance companies are fearful of being made to provide thousands of dollars for specialized treatment. Thus, several companies will not cover treatment or will cover very limited therapy, such as speech therapy.
Georgia health care.
If you live in Georgia, you probably already know that the state does not require insurance companies to pay for autism treatment. Ouch! For some autistic kids, the needed services could cost as much as $50,000 a year! How many parents have that kind of money at their finger tips?
Thankfully, it is possible to get good insurance that will help cover the expenses of needed therapies and treatments for your child. According to the director of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, there are some health insurance companies that have chosen to cover autism therapy, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. Examples of these companies include the Federal Employee Health Plan and TriCare.
Ava’s Law brings attention to autism.
Last March, Ava’s Law was presented before the Georgia Senate. If this law gets passed, insurance companies would be required to pay for approved treatments for children who have been diagnosed as being autistic. Approved treatments would be things such as speech therapy, applied behavior analysis or vision therapy. There are so many different treatments being tried, so the companies would only need to cover those that have been scientifically proven to help autistic kids.
Do your homework.
If your current health care plan doesn’t cover treatments for autism, then you will need to do your homework. Find out if you and your family can qualify for TriCare or another company that covers autism therapy. Some companies will cover therapies, such as speech therapy or occupational therapy needed by children with special needs. Thus, the script for such therapies could possibly be written in a general sense (child is diagnosed with speech needs) instead of being specific about autism.
Lastly, check with other parents of autistic children. Find out what insurance company they work with and the steps that they needed to take to ensure that their children received the necessary services.
Autism Coverage Under Obamacare
Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear cut answer regarding autism being covered under Obamacare. Prior to Obamacare, each state decided what would be covered under health insurance regarding autism treatments. The same holds true with Obamacare—treatment will be determined state by state. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims it will consider setting a national standard for autism treatments by the year 2016.
There’s been quite a bit of recent attention brought to autism and schizophrenia. According to some sources, these two mental disorders are on the opposite end and the two cannot exist at the same time. However, a person may share some similar symptoms of both. In many cases of childhood schizophrenia, there has been a link to autism.
Since it would be a challenge to even assess whether or not a cat has autism, it’s probably safe to say that cats don’t have autism. However, many cats display characteristics that could be considered autistic-like. But just because a cat likes to bat at a ball for hours or doesn’t initiate social contact, is that really grounds for thinking he’s autistic?
First of all, there’s a huge debate as to whether or not animals can actually have autism. In regards to dogs, there is a belief out there that a small percentage of dogs have autism and that they were born that way. The autism is caused by the lack of mirroring neurons in the brain. Whether a dog truly has autism, or signs that are similar in character, has yet to be proven.
Studies have been done which imply that children with autism do not have the capacity to have a “theory of mind”. One of the main reasons supporting this is that an autistic child isn’t able to predict his own behavior nor understand that the people around him have their own beliefs, desires and intentions.
Autism and a person’s ability to do certain things varies from one autistic person to another. Many autistic children can do puzzles, and in fact, some enjoy doing puzzles several times a day. For other children, they might not have any interest or might not be able to put pieces together.