• Know Your Family’s Healthcare Rights

    Understanding what your healthcare rights are can be difficult, especially if you are faced with the day-to-day challenges of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It’s important, however, to be completely clear on what your rights are so that you can protect them. Here is what every family should know about their healthcare rights.

    You have a right to a copy of your medical records.

    According to federal law, you have a right to receive a copy of your healthcare records, and you also have a right to expect that they will be kept private. At STAR of CA, we can provide you with a copy of your family’s healthcare information we have on file upon request. The copy can be either paper or electronic, and you will receive it within 30 days.

    You have a right to have correct healthcare information.

    You also have the right to expect that the information about you held by anyone who is providing you with healthcare be reasonably accurate and complete. If you see any information in the records you receive from STAR of CA that is either incomplete or inaccurate, contact us right away to request to correct it.

    You have a right to know who your healthcare information is shared with.

    Your healthcare records may be shared by your medical provider for a number of reasons. You may ask STAR of CA for a list of every party that your records have been shared with over the last six years, and we will comply. In some cases, you may request that certain healthcare information about you not be shared.

    If your family needs help in facing the challenges of raising a child who has ASD, you can always turn to the team at STAR of CA . We provide modern, up-to-date resources for people who are living with developmental disorders. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer, contact us at (805) 644-7827.

  • ABA Providers: How to Avoid “Con Crud” at the next Conference

    With this year’s Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis behind us, it’s time to start getting ready for upcoming conferences and to start thinking about next year’s CalABA conference in Long Beach, CA. Organized by the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), the conference is a great opportunity for industry professionals to learn about the latest findings in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

    If you’re planning to attend, you shouldn’t neglect the importance of taking precautions to protect your own health from “con crud.” You want to enter the conference ready to learn and socially network, and leave the conference with your head buzzing with new ideas and information– not aching from a cold or the flu. Here are some ways to stay healthy when you’re preparing for the conference:

    Start exercising.

    If you spend too many of your hours sitting, it’s a great idea to slowly start incorporating some exercise into your daily routine. Even taking a half-hour walk a few times a week will be beneficial for your health. The better your overall health is when you come to the conference, the more effective your immune system will be when fighting against potential infections.

    Eat a healthy diet.

    When you’re rushed, it’s easy to fall back on the habit of eating quick, unhealthy meals such as fast food or salty snacks. Keeping up a balanced diet, however, will help to ensure that you have the essential vitamins and nutrients you need to power through each day at the conference. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of fluids, and opting for healthy proteins.

    Prioritize your nightly sleep.

    When you’re on a trip, it’s tempting to stay up late and get less sleep than usual. If you’re not getting the chance to recharge every night, you won’t just suffer from fatigue during the day—you’ll also have a weaker immune system, which means you’re more vulnerable to getting sick. Getting plenty of sleep is essential for staying alert and healthy during your conference.

    STAR of CA has been providing mental health services for individuals, families, and communities in Ventura County and elsewhere for more than a decade, and we are continually working to expand and improve the services we offer. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us today at (805) 644-7827.

  • Waiting for Your Child’s Assessment Results? What You Can Do While You Wait

    When your child is being assessed for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s only natural to wonder what you should do while you’re waiting for the results. It may take some time to receive results from the evaluation, so while you’re waiting, here are some productive steps you can take on your own:

    Find a support group.

    If your child has shown symptoms that are consistent with those of ASD, it can be challenging for you to live with this situation by yourself, with nobody to talk to about it. But you don’t have to go it alone. While you’re waiting for your child’s ASD assessment to be completed and discussed with you, it can be beneficial to find a support group in your area so you can talk to other parents who also have children with ASD.

    Look into available interventional services.

    Even if you have not received your child’s assessment, it’s not too early to look into some of the interventional services that are available in your area. You should check to see if your child’s school offers any services that are geared to the needs of children with ASD and other developmental issues.

    Educate yourself about ASD.

    If you’re like most parents, you probably hadn’t spent much time thinking about ASD until you learned that your child may be living with it. As you wait for your child’s results, seek out professional resources that will help you understand what the disorder is and how it is treated. The more thoroughly you understand ASD, the more prepared you will be when going over the results.

    If your child has been diagnosed with ASD or another developmental disorder, you can depend on the team at STAR of CA to provide you with the up-to-date information and evidence-based therapies you need. We work to provide customized services for families who are living with ASD and related conditions in and beyond Ventura County. To learn more, call us today at (805) 644-7827.

  • Learning More About Our Developmental Services

    If you have a child who is living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a related disorder, obtaining access to the right resources can be extremely beneficial. At STAR of CA, we offer a variety of services that are designed to help children with developmental disorders. For example, we offer an individualized behavioral intervention program for children who have disruptive and otherwise challenging behaviors. We also provide interventions for children who have delays in their socialization, communication, or self-care skills. If you’re in need of further support, we offer programs geared toward the needs of couples and families who are raising children with ASD, along with parent education services.

    If you would like to learn more about the developmental services that we offer at STAR of CA, call us today at (805) 644-7827. We were founded in Ventura County in 2006, and we now work to provide as many communities as possible with the support and education they need to meet the challenges of ASD.