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

Hypochondriac Concept Disease Panic Of Outbreak Anxiety And Hypo
May 30

Coping with Stress in Unprecedented Times- Part 1

By Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Pity your brain. This unprecedented epoch we are experiencing is playing havoc with our most vital organ, the one that is designed to act as the air traffic controller of our bodies during the impenetrable fog of a lockdown. Our brain through our nervous system is constantly evaluating and detecting …
May 30

Why Businesses Should Care About ADA Website Accessibility

Following up on my previous post about the relationship between technology and autism services, I want to revisit my discussion with Daryn Harpaz, an ADA website accessibility and compliance consultant and CEO of ZenythGroup. During this extraordinary time of sheltering in place due to COVID-19 , it is particularly pertinent to focus on the accessibility …
April 30

A Different Kind of Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, but unfortunately we will not see a Walk for Autism, Autism 5K, cookie fundraisers or Awareness Day celebrations during this extraordinary and unprecedented time.That doesn’t obviate the need or desire to increase awareness and understanding of autism throughout our country – and the world. It just requires some creativity to …
April 30

Helpful Tips for Your Child’s Routine Change

By: Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Sally Burke, M.S. Ed., BCBA The sudden disruption in routine due to COVID-19 is challenging for all individuals to manage as we adjust to a new, and hopefully short-lived, normal of staying at home and ceasing most of our regular activities. For families of individuals with autism and other …
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March 31

What Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Can Teach Us About Autism

Nearly three million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, one quarter of them children. Most of these are mild, resulting in concussion, but 50,000 deaths result from TBI annually. At the same time, one in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder each year. Three and a half million Americans live …
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, …
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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 …
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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 …