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Read insightful and timely articles by Dr. Ronit Molko on a wide range of behavioral health topics.

How-AI-Can-Transform-the-Autism-Services-Industry
March 30

How AI Can Transform the Autism Services Industry

Imagine providing parents with an app that enables them to upload videos of their children, analyzed by computers applying algorithms to diagnose autism earlier in their development than currently possible. Imagine equipping autistic individuals with smart glasses that whisper instructions for navigating social situations in the user’s ear. Imagine two-foot-tall humanoid robots that could serve …
Portrait Of A Young Woman With Colorful Cogwheel Brain Above Hea
February 28

Wiring the Growing Brain: How Habits Shape Brain Development in Youth

The brain is a complex and wondrous organ whose basic structure is a web of electrical impulses. The early journey of brain development is vital to its functioning for the rest of its owner’s life. Brain development begins in utero and isn’t complete until roughly age 25. A baby is born with 85 billion neurons, …
The-Current-State-of-Website-Accessibility-for-Disabled-Individuals
January 30

The Current State of Website Accessibility for Disabled Individuals – Zenyth Group CEO Daryn Harpaz

The relationship between technology and autism services has been a focus of my thinking and writing lately. It’s an urgent topic that I feel deserves attention, but it’s also led me to a broader conversation about inclusivity (or lack thereof) of technology for the larger disabled community. As our lives become increasingly enmeshed with technology—phones …
Six-Ways-Technology-Due-Diligence-Failure-Can-Kill-Your-Private-Equity-Investment
October 30

Six Ways Technology Due Diligence Failure Can Kill Your Private Equity Investment

No matter what market you’re in, technology is a significant element of your business. Taxi companies learned this when Uber and Lyft employed sophisticated apps to topple their industry. Prior to the emergence of those two frame-breaking enterprises, few in the taxi industry would have considered themselves in the technology business. Even a high-touch industry, …
The-Sexual-Abuse-Epidemic-Among-People-with-Intellectual-Disabilities
September 30

The Sexual Abuse Epidemic Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

In the era of #MeToo and increasing vigilance against sexual predation, there is burgeoning evidence that a significant cohort of people has been lost in the shadows.Although the exact extent of the problem is unknown, numerous studies have concluded that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities are at …
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August 30

Disappearing Into Normality: Understanding Autism on Its Own Terms

The popular paradigm to describe individuals on the autism spectrum is linear: we conceive of individuals as mildly, moderately, or severely impacted by autism. These categorizations are also used diagnostically to determine how a person’s life and functioning is affected by their autism. Put another way, autistic individuals are referred to as needing lower-support or …
Great Teeth, Great Smile, Great Life. Kid At The Dental Office.
June 27

How to Overcome Sensory Issues While at The Dentist – by Dr. Greg Grillo

After 17 years of practice in North Central, Washington, nobody’s more familiar with dental anxiety than I am. For dental patients who have autism, especially children, this anxiety is compounded by challenging sensory elements such as bright lights and loud noises. Dental care is an extremely important part of living a healthy life and living …
June 25

Areas of Advancement in Autism Services for Successful Adults

As autism prevalence increases and more children on the spectrum mature to adulthood, the need for services that help autistic adults lead independent and fulfilling lives is becoming an increasingly urgent concern. While many interventions help autistic kids and their families navigate the challenges of childhood and adolescence, there has been comparatively little progress made …
June 23

What Can We Do to Address Unemployment in the Autistic Community

Over the next decade, an estimated 500,000 teenagers with autism will enter adulthood, and potentially, the workforce. Many of these young adults will begin the job hunt, hoping to find work that can help them establish independence and gain more independence and personal fulfillment. But, unemployment remains a significant problem.  Unfortunately, as things stand now, more than …
May 30

Home-Based Vs. Center-Based Services for Autism

When I first began working in the field, autism interventions were primarily offered in clinic and research-based settings. As those therapies and the scientific understanding of autism evolved and as the demand for services has grown, a market for home-based and community-based services emerged. Services are expanding and the availability of funding is increasing, resulting …
May 24

Supporting Neurodiversity in the Classroom

One concept frequently lost in the education of autistic children is that the purpose of education is to prepare them, not only for managing childhood but for succeeding in adulthood as well. Autistic adults are seeking the same markers for happiness as neurotypical adults. They are looking for as much independence as possible—a job to …
April 30

What is Covered? The Insurance Landscape for Autism Services

In today’s health care ecosystem, the availability and quality of a field of services are dependent on insurance coverage. In the world of autism services, the tableau of insurance coverage is decidedly mixed. Children with autism spectrum disorders are generally covered by health insurance for services they require, but not universally. All but two states …