Saturday, August 06, 2011

Medicare's Orphans Trailer 1: The Hudson Family Sacrifice for their Child with Autism

This video is the first trailer for Medicare's Orphans by Medicare for Autism Now! which will examine Canada's shameful exclusion of autism treatment from Medicare coverage and the consequences for autistic children and their families. It provides a brief overview of the sacrifices made by the Hudson family, of the greater Toronto area,  to help their autistic child live the fullest, most independent life possible, sacrifices made all the larger by Canada's large scale neglect of autistic children and their need for effective, evidence based treatment.


farmwifetwo said...

There isn't "effective evidence based treatment" available to "treat" autism.

Just ABA people that claim that they are the only one's to be able to teach those with autism.

Looks at youngest son.... 5yrs after the ABA fiasco... I'll never believe it to be true.

Unknown said...

FW2 thank you for your comment but the reference to effective evidence based treatment is not a reference to your beliefs or experience with ABA,however it was done in the case of your child. Nor is it a reference to any individual instance where a parent or professional organization states that a child was recovered from autism by means of ABA.

The reference to ABA effective evidence based treatment for autism is a reference to the credible organizations including several state agencies, the US Office of the Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics all of which have determined that ABA is an effective treatment for ABA based on hundreds of studies over several decades. Here is AAP policy statement 2007 reaffirmed September 2010:

American Academy of Pediatrics 2007

The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well documented through 5 decades of
research by using single-subject methodology21,25,27,28
and in controlled studies of comprehensive early intensive
behavioral intervention programs in university and community settings.29–40

Children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some
measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in control groups.31–40

The 2007 report by the AAP was reaffirmed by the AAP in September, 2010:

AAP Publications Retired and Reaffirmed

Clinical Report: Dealing With the Parent Whose Judgment Is Impaired by
Alcohol or Drugs: Legal and Ethical Considerations. Pediatrics. 2004;
114(3):869 – 873. Reaffirmed September 2010
Clinical Report: Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism
Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2007;120(5):1183–1215. Reaffirmed
September 2010
Clinical Report: Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2007:120(5):1162–1182. Reaffirmed September 2010

Barry Hudson said...

FW2 - I know your aversion to ABA, you have commented many times negatively on ABA. For our son it works, and it works just like the research noted by Harold states. It is a means of teaching and has to be tailored to each child. Getting QUALITY ABA is a challenge but as my wife and I have learned we have to direct the tailoring since we know our son best. To date no other approach is as well supported by research (near every Medical/Psychology college on Earth have already published on the value of ABA). It is also an approach to daily living - we teach our son near every opportunity and using ABA methods work well for him (e.g.: teaching to wait in line at a checkout to buy something, teaching to ask for food at a friend's bbq, etc.).

Anonymous said...

FW2 = a broken record on this subject.