TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

Sen. Harden pleased with progress on autism bill

Santa Fe- Senator Clint Harden, R-District 7 is pleased so far on the process his legislation to address the health issue of autism is taking in the state legislature. He said his bill SB 34 is being held over in Senate Public Affairs because he said Human Service Secretary Pam Hyde has agreed to work […]

Sens. Harden and Feldman Speak Out on Need to Address Autism Crisis

Santa Fe — Senator Clint Harden is joined by Senator Dede Feldman at a news conference today at the state capitol regarding the high incidents of the autism disorder in the state and the offered solutions to address the crisis. The package of legislation includes requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatment for children with […]

Living with autism

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Courtesy photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to participate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding […]

Understanding autism: One mother's story

Courtesy Photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to particpate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding rocks, playing […]

Estranged in her own world

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Andrew Montoya says he has worn bare spots in the grass form swinging so often with his daughter. CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her knees drawn to her chest, Darian Montoya, 11, crouches in the bathtub and bangs her head against the faucet, over and over and over. A […]