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

November 10

Value-Based Healthcare

A patient desperate for pain relief opts for spinal fusion surgery, a procedure that typically costs between $80,000 and $150,000. Spinal fusion can offer benefits to healthcare patients but it has a woeful success rate often tabbed at 50%. We know that three of every seven patients who undergo the operation require further surgical intervention …
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October 8

This AI Tool For Diagnosing Autism Could Hit The Market ‘In The Second Half Of 2021’

A tool that helps pediatricians diagnose autism with artificial intelligence and smartphone video passed a key FDA test and could hit the market as soon as next summer, according to device-maker Cognoa, which recently announced its plans to submit the tool for final approval. In a trial to measure its safety and effectiveness, doctors diagnosing …
Technology, Personalized Medicine, And Autism
August 6

Technology, Personalized Medicine, And Autism

Imagine walking into your doctor’s office and being greeted not by people who invite you to wait, but by a scanner ready to gather information about your heart, kidney, lung and liver function. Scanning your body for a near-complete diagnostic work-up, the scanner forwards your results to a giant screen in the exam room where …
Healthcare Services Present and Future
July 30

Healthcare Services Present and Future

Covid-19 is understandably viewed as a crisis in the U.S., with a death toll topping 100,000 amid an economic shutdown that catapulted the nation into an instant recession. Nearly every sector of the economy has been broadsided by its effects. Rippling beneath the surface have been pockets of technological advance and investment opportunities, perhaps nowhere …
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June 30

How Race and Ethnicity Affect Diagnosis, Treatment and Support for Autistic Children and Adults

Recent events have magnified inequities in our society along racial and ethnic lines generally and particularly in areas such as education, as instruction has moved online and become more parent-dependent. As one example, a 2019 study found that one-third of black households lack home broadband service and fewer than half own a computer. This disparity …
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June 30

Home Healthcare & COVID-19

Covid-19 has upended life globally, but perhaps no more than for the elderly, children and disabled individuals receiving health care services in their homes, and for the caregivers themselves. Ten million Americans rely on home health services for such disparate health needs as speech therapy, autism services, wound care and personal hygiene. For those over …
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June 30

Coping with Stress in Unprecedented Times Part 2

In my previous post, I explored the tumult of unusual activity flowing into and out of our brains as a result of the novel Coronavirus and the worldwide response to it. The threat to lives and livelihoods, the near-total curtailment of social interaction and the departure from normalcy – all of these taken together are …
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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 …