TRICARE Extends Autism Demonstration
By: Kristin Shives
TRICARE Management Activity
TRICARE Management Activity has extended the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration (ASD) through March 2014. This demonstration program allows eligible beneficiaries to receive applied behavioral analysis (ABA) intervention services from board certified behavior analysts and paraprofessionals under their supervision.
The demonstration is part of the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO), which provides approved non-medical services to active duty family members with qualifying conditions.
ABA is a method of behavioral conditioning to teach and reinforce desired behavior while eliminating undesired behaviors. This technique has been found to help teach children with autism spectrum disorders new skills, and improve their communication abilities.
In a 2010 TRICARE Health Program Analysis and Evaluation Division survey, parents with children participating in the demonstration expressed overall satisfaction with the quality of ABA services they received.
Learn more about ECHO at www.tricare.mil/ECHO and the TRICARE Autism Services Demonstration at www.tricare.mil/autismdemo.
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The TRICARE Management Activity administers the worldwide health care plan for 9.6 million eligible beneficiaries of the uniformed services, retirees and their families.