The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has refunded the UMass Medical School’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program with a $3.08 million, five-year grant.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
Jean A. Frazier, MD, director of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, told the second annual Central Massachusetts Autism Summit that treating autism “requires a village,” according to the Telegram & Gazette.
When the daughter of Amy K. Weinstock, director of UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center, was diagnosed with autism 16 years ago, health insurance didn’t cover medical treatments to help the disorder. Most states today require insurance to cover some treatments for autism, and UMass Medical School’s new autism insurance tool is helping families access that coverage, Weinstock wrote in Worcester Business Journal's Health quarterly.
Fellows at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will present posters on their work helping local organizations provide better services to people with developmental disabilities June 5 at the Shriver Center in Charlestown.
UMass Medical School researchers recommend physicians and clinicians look into the mealtimes of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after their study found that this population of children has high food selectivity and more mealtime behavior problems, and their parents experience higher levels of stress during mealtimes. The study was featured in an Autism Speaks Science News article July 7.
Families of children receiving inpatient mental health treatment at the Franciscan Hospital for Children are learning about resiliency and healing from their trauma through UMass Medical School’s Sibling Support Program.