changes to TRICARE, the military’s medical insurance, are concerning martin, fort braggs combat veteran who's child mia, was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old and did not do so well in a regualr school environment due to the long days and formatting. he worries that mia may now be removed from the school where he said she’s been finally improving.
It’s not only his own daughter who martin is seemingly worried about though, the cuts are said to impact all the other military children with autism.
in march it was revealed that the "defense health agency", which oversees the "TRICARE", advanced behavioral analysis services (outside of clinical settings) would no longer be covered by the military insurance by may. meaning deputies who were once able to cover it through the insurance would no longer be able to afford the optimized treatment and have to then, place their kids back into regular setting, creating and causing them more harm by switching up their routine.
"according to the national institues of health, applied behavior analysis is a popular intervention for autism because it teaches behaviors to the individual by breaking down tasks into small steps and training in a precise way."
another change is that the children may be without their "technicians" because outside events, like sports, or non medical visits are no longer covered, and therefore, an overseer is not allowed to accompany the child. james likens this to not having any workers in an office, but this is what the organization said in its defense.
"these changes are based on several years of research and development,” dr. krystyna bienia, a clinical psychologist and senior policy analyst at the defense health agency, said in the statement.
“we used lessons learned during the demonstration, and also feedback from providers, advocates, and leading researchers. the updates will help children reach their full potential through clinically appropriate services."
martin insist that that this does not appropriately prepare the children for real world experiences because it extends their learning curve by not having someone to actively be on hand to assist and navigate them and teach them through issues as they arise.
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