Health & Safety

April 20, 2012

Autism, early warning signs – TRICARE coverage available

By Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
autismribbonsquare
The puzzle pattern of this ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of autism. The different colors and shapes represents the diversity of people and families living with this disorder. The brightness of this ribbon signals home - hope through research and increasing awareness in people like you.

Did you know a child as young as 1 year old can show signs of autism, according to Autism Speaks?

“If your child does have autism, early intervention may be his or her best hope,” the organization says on its website.

If you’re planning to have a baby or are currently pregnant, getting to know the early warning signs of autism can be a huge advantage for you and your kids. In fact, research suggests if you already have one child with autism, your risk of having another autistic child increases by about 20 percent, says Daniel Openden, vice president and clinical services director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC).

What are the early warning signs?

The following is a list of early warning signs that should serve as “red flags” to get your child checked, from SARRC and Autism Speaks:

  •  No good eye contact with you: babies learn through engaging with others.
  • No large smiles or other happy expressions by 6 months.
  • No variety of sounds (i.e. ba, ma, da) starting around 6 months.
  • No interest in exploring the world around them.
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds and facial expressions by 9 months.
  • No babbling by 12 months.
  • No single words by 16 months.
  • No meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months.

“Thus far, research presented by experts at several autism conferences suggests that, while we typically cannot reliably diagnose autism until children are about 2 years old, the earliest signs of autism may begin to emerge between 6 and 12 months of age,” Openden says.

My baby shows red flags. What should I do?

Talk to your pediatrician immediately. Together, you will determine the best steps to get your child evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder as quickly as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that early intervention methods can greatly improve a child’s development. Therefore, if you suspect anything, don’t wait—have your child evaluated and, if necessary, begin early intervention right away.

TRICARE Covers ABA Therapy:

TRICARE, the military healthcare benefit, covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for eligible children under its Enhanced Access to the Autism Services Demonstration.

To get ABA services, children must have an active duty sponsor and be enrolled in TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option — or ECHO. Then, they must have an eligible diagnosis, be living in the United States and be 18 months or older.

The Autism Demonstration covers all therapies that fall under the umbrella of “Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders,” which includes ABA. It also covers services from more providers than are available under the basic TRICARE coverage. Available providers must be TRICARE-authorized in order for the treatments to be covered.

For more information on ECHO and the Autism Services Demonstration, go to www.tricare.mil/echo, and for information classes on Autism scheduled locally on your installation, call the  Nellis Airman and Family Readiness Center at (702)652-3327.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders

Patches lead from front: Weapons system experts graduate from USAFWS

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, addresses graduates of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School class 14B Dec. 13 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. As the ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young

Chaplains help build relationships

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki, a 99th Air Base Wing chaplain, helps coworkers find a solution to their problems during a counseling session at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., ...
 
 

New commander addresses Airmen of 12th Air Force

To all of the 12th Air Force community, Happy holidays! My wife Kristan, my three children, and I are excited to join this outstanding 12th Air Force community. I cannot adequately express how honored and humbled I feel to join this community as the commander. I certainly appreciate the exceptional efforts of General and Mrs....
 

 

COMACC lands at Nellis for USAFWS graduation

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Air Combat Command commander, is greeted by, and talks with, Gen. Jay Silveria, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, after arriving at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 11. Carlisle attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School graduation ceremony as the guest speaker.
 
 
ammos

AMMOS CSC class 15A graduates

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler Maj. Jesse Hasenkampf (center), commander of the 159th Maintenance Squadron from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., is named the distinguished graduate o...
 
 

Healthy, productive ways to cope with holiday stress

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the holiday season quickly approaches, many Airmen become stressed when they try to figure out how to deal with visiting families, preparing large meals and buying gifts for loved ones. For others, stress can manifest because this could be their first time away from family during the holidays. Different...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin