Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Emergency Rule Cuts Off Autism Treatment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An important therapy treatment for kids living with autism has been cut off due to an emergency rule passed by a state board.
The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists passed a rule in May that was enacted in July, requiring all behavior analysts to be supervised by a licensed psychologist at all times.
For many years, these analysts have provided a treatment called applied behavior analysis, or ABA therapy, to people with autism. One of those licensed analysts, Jill Scrabro-McLaury, is suing the board. She filed a lawsuit Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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