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Child and Adolescent Health

Support parents who care for children with autism

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered by many to be the gold standard for treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April is National Autism Awareness Month, making it a good time to review the importance of this evidence-based approach, and specifically, the role of parents and caregivers.

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Support your child’s behavioral health through the pandemic and beyond

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Adjusting to the “new normal” during this past year’s pandemic may leave us wondering what exactly is considered unhealthy.

Regarding child and adolescent mental health, the line between typical developmental behaviors and those that require professional help can be difficult to discern even in the best of times—which means monitoring for unhealthy behaviors is that much more important during the ongoing public health crisis.

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Yin and yang: Your introvert’s and extrovert’s happy return to school

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taught you a lot about resilience as you work from home, while also managing your children, and possibly even educating them.

Consequently, you’ve learned a lot about yourself and your family. However, there may be one revelation that took you by surprise.

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Autism: Wide-ranging study reconfirms the need for care coordination

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A study released on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the January issue of JAMA Psychiatry sheds new light on old knowledge – that individuals with ASD have a higher rate of co-occurring disorders than the general population.

However, the study raises the bar in two ways: 1) it draws on an unmatched amount of data – nearly 6 million people; and 2) provides greater insight into the association between pairs of conditions over time.

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Two Beacon programs help to shape American healthcare landscape

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For approximately 35 years, Beacon Health Options has worked to deliver on a fundamental yet singularly important goal: helping people live their lives to their fullest potential by driving and supporting evidence-based, integrated care.

Today, Beacon serves more than 40 million members, but the company’s efforts extend to all Americans as it strives to improve the US healthcare delivery system at large.

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Telehealth for autism treatment: Improved efficacy, health and cost

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The oft-cited statistic that one out of every 68 children in America has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) serves as the ongoing reminder that ASD affects many families, school systems and communities.

The challenge for the health care system at large is to determine the best treatment at a cost society can bear.

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And the diagnosis is . . .

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It’s first grade and the assignment is to draw Three Blind Mice.

All the kids around me had cute pictures it seemed, but mine was a big blob, looking as though someone had thrown up. This is my first memory of feeling behind in school.

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From misdiagnosis to stability: A story of struggle, of hope

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My story is really about one of my daughters.

To protect her privacy as I tell her story, I’ll call her Elizabeth. Elizabeth has had suicidal ideations from since she was about 12 to about 17. At 4 years old, she was misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day spotlights the need for integrated care

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Thursday, May 4, was National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day whose theme this year, “Partnering for Help and Hope”, rings particularly true with Beacon Health Options.

Highlighting the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders, the day brings to light the many innovative Beacon programs and solutions that integrate behavioral health and primary care. At Beacon, we view the community as integral to the solution.

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Youth suicide: The conversation starts with our children

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The toughest speech I have ever given in my life – and candidly to the most important audience – was not to a room of politicians or colleagues.

Those speeches seem so easy now in retrospect. My toughest public-speaking moment was delivering the eulogy of my son’s very best friend, Adam.

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