Behavioral Health <h4>The Health Systems Management Journal (HSMJ) accepts manuscripts from health systems management, healthcare services, global healthcare and public health.&nbsp;</h4> en-US Behavioral Health 2331-7582 The Conundrum of HealthCare Parity for Children with Autism: New Laws Put Therapy Benefits at Risk <p>Autism currently and historically has been classified in the world of medicine as a mental illness.<br>However, anyone who has witnessed the behaviors of a child with autism will tell you there are a<br>multitude of complex issues all occurring at the same time that may not be due to a “mental”<br>illness, but the manifestation of medical conditions not yet diagnosed. Associated symptoms<br>affecting persons with autism range from severe food or contact allergies to neurosensory<br>processing disorders. For some children with autism, even the mere sound of a door shutting can<br>cause a meltdown. A toothbrush suddenly falling out of its holder can cause a panic until the<br>toothbrush is replaced to its former position. The bounce of a ball can cause the person to cover<br>their ears as if the sound was distorted and deafening. These behaviors are examples of<br>symptoms related to autism. Unfortunately, symptoms related to autism are said to be part of a<br>broad spectrum of behaviors which have mostly remained undifferentiated since 1943, when Leo<br>Kanner first described his observations on 11 children (8 boys and 3 girls) between the ages of 2<br>and 8 years of age and called their behavior “autism” (Neumärker, K., 2003).</p> Jerrod Mathew Brown ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-06-11 2018-06-11 1 2