The Kossor Scale for Treatment Outcome Measurement

If you combine knowledge about neurological development with understanding of how Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still referred to in PA as “wraparound” services), are available as a treatment modality to children from birth to the age of 21 in Pennsylvania, and thirty-two other States, regardless of family income, you realize that the very early treatment (intensive, individualized practice) that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) … Continue reading The Kossor Scale for Treatment Outcome Measurement

The “Coarsening” of America Continues, What Can We Do?

I’ve been watching the “coarsening” of America for the past forty years. For example: grammar school kids assigned to read books with bloody horrific content including a wolf pack’s attacking and eating a deer “held down by the nose and steaming out the rear” while being eaten alive is actually a line in the award-winning children’s book. There can only be one outcome for the pervasive … Continue reading The “Coarsening” of America Continues, What Can We Do?

In Defense of Kind, Compassionate Behavioral Treatment Professionals

I sincerely wish that every child with Autism symptoms could receive the biological treatments that could heal them, without any delay, and that they all would respond as quickly as we all wish they would, without side-effects and lingering disabilities. For those who can’t achieve these wonderful goals as fast as we all wish they would, behavioral treatment delivered by kind, compassionate professionals can mean … Continue reading In Defense of Kind, Compassionate Behavioral Treatment Professionals

Update: My “Chasing Genius” Entry was Rejected From National Geographic

My “Chasing Genius” entry was rejected from National Geographic because I included the logo for the Institute for Behavior Change in the video. Got to read the fine print. In any case, I received a great deal of encouragement from a wide range of people for the model I created to deliver community-based mental health treatment to lots of children.  It’s a really good idea … Continue reading Update: My “Chasing Genius” Entry was Rejected From National Geographic

My Entry in the National Geographic “Chasing Genius” Contest

National Geographic announced a search for innovative solutions to three global problems, including global health problems.  The application said “Tell us about the problem you are inspired to solve.”  Here’s what I said: Children with mental illness symptoms need practice using new, mature problem-solving strategies and tactics.  Seeing a counselor once or twice a week in their office will never be enough practice for the … Continue reading My Entry in the National Geographic “Chasing Genius” Contest

Let’s Tell the Truth: PH95 is Not a “Loophole”

Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Category PH95 was created by an act of the PA legislature in the late 1980s. Just like the legislatures in thirty-two other states, Pennsylvania’s elected representatives decided that the 14th Amendment, the one that established the right to “equal protection under the law”, applies to children with disabilities, regardless of their parents’ incomes. That some self-proclaimed advocates, especially those touting “decades” of … Continue reading Let’s Tell the Truth: PH95 is Not a “Loophole”