Monthly Archives: October 2010

CARD Founder Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Discusses Autism on "Give the World Your Heart" this Coming Monday

AUTISM TODAY and BEYOND! Positive Solutions for Promising Lives The First in a Series of Live Interactive National Town Hall Video Webcasts,November 1, 2010 at 2PM EST Introductions:2:00 – 2:10 Dave Gardy, Sandy Masin & Dr. Laurence Brenner – Give The World Your Heart 2:00 – 2:20 Karen Simmons (confirmed live) 2:20 – 2:35 Dr. [...]

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It’s Halloween Time and That Means It’s Time for Sweets!

Parents everywhere are scrambling to buy costumes and candy for the Halloween weekend. This sure will be a fun year and I can only imagine the great costumes to be seen! This is difficult for any parent trying to navigate through a store full of other determined Halloween-driven families and when one has a child [...]

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FREE ACCESS TO SKILLS™ BEGINS NOVEMBER 15th! Using a free passcode, you will be able to access Skills™ interactive program through January 1st, 2011. (If you are in need of a passcode, please contact us at (877) 975-4559). Access CARD eLearning Now! The CARD eLearning website is now available free of charge and acts as [...]

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Preference Assessments and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By: Marlena N. Smith A recent study conducted by CARD researchers Dr. Amy Kenzer and Dr. Michele Bishop demonstrated that the amount of preferred stimuli identified for use in behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be increased by incorporating high preference as well as low preference and novel stimuli in preference [...]

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Time Delays between Initial Parental Concern and First Visit to a Child Psychiatric Facility

By: Marlena N. Smith In a recent study, Fujiwara, Okuyama, and Funahashi identified factors contributing to time delays between initial parental concern and first visit to a child psychiatric facility in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Early detection of ASD is crucial given the research demonstrating that behavioral intervention for ASD is more effective [...]

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Chelation Treatment Is More Harmful Than Good.

By Olivia Maximo Chelation is the process by which metals are extracted from the body. Chelation therapy is a form of treatment employed by some parents with Autistic children. This therapy stems from the belief that Autistic Disorder is caused by poisonous levels of metal in children’s bodies. Although the theory is unproven, chelation is [...]

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Cambridge Conference Will Address Latest Autism Research, Treatment

By Johanna Weidner, The Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Parents with autistic children can learn about the latest research and treatments from Canadian and American experts at an upcoming daylong conference in Cambridge. The keynote speaker is Doreen Granpeesheh, a California autism expert and founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders that develops behavioural [...]

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Simulate Earthquake Disaster Drill on October 21 in Southern California

The simulated drill will involve autistic patients and staff removal from a multi-floor building to an evacuation center. Tarzana, CA October 21, 2010 – The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center, announces an earthquake evacuation exercise will take place Thursday, October 21, at CARD’s headquarters, located at [...]

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Recognition of Facial Expressions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Marlena N. Smith In a recent study, Farran, Branson, and King found children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with Asperser’s Disorder to show impairments in recognizing facial expressions conveying fear, anger, and sadness. Amygdala has been identified as the region of the brain that processes negative or threatening emotions including [...]

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The Robots Are Here

Although it sounds as unreal as spaceships landing, the researchers at the University of Hertfordshire, in the U.K. have created a robot that they say can help children with Autism learn the social skills that elude them. The robot, named KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robots) is life, or kid size, and is [...]

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