From 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. Temple Grandin (pre-recorded) 2:35 – 2:45 Dr. Stephen Shore 2:45 – 2:55 Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh 2:55 – 3:05 David Kirby – 718-230-4250 (confirmed live) 3:05 – 3:15 Elaine Hall 3:15 – 3:30 Questions & Answers: Feel The Positive Connection To Your Self, Group & World…

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 with Autism, this can be a melting pot for a meltdown! Autistic children are very sensitive to change in their environments, and can easily become over stimulated inside a chain store and all of its customers. Another important issue is CANDY! Not only because it…

SKILLS™

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 a great companion to the Skills™ program, providing essential information about ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) in the treatment of autism. If you have any questions, please contact us at (877) 975-4559, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. We look…

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 assessments. Delivery of preferred stimuli is an important element of behavioral interventions. Furthermore, possessing a wide variety of preferred stimuli may reduce the possibility of over exposure to and boredom with a particular item or activity. Low preference stimuli and novel stimuli are generally not…

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 if delivered at earlier ages. Unfortunately, there are often considerable time lags between initial parental concern and ASD diagnosis. Fujiwara et al. set out to explore factors that contribute to time delays between initial parental concern and first visit to a child psychiatric facility in…

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 still practiced. Companies selling chelators were contacted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after they found the chelation to be harmful to children causing cognitive damage, heart attack and even death. These companies unlawfully boast the use of chelation to treat not only Autism…

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 modification programs to help children reach their potential. Also speaking will be two other experts from the United States and Cambridge chiropractor Mark Guker and naturopath Jennifer Hendry-Lynn, who work together in a clinic that offers biomedical treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder and…

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 19019 Ventura Blvd, in Tarzana, CA. The drill is part of the Great California Shakeout campaign to practice how to protect each other during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home. Major earthquakes can cause catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part…

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 fear, anger, and sadness. It has also been speculated that the amygdala may function atypically in persons with ASD. Farran et al. set out to explore the ability of persons with ASD to recognize various facial expressions including fear, anger, sadness, surprise, disgust, and happiness.…

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 being used in human-robot interaction studies led by Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn. Her team’s goal is to to demonstrate the “possible therapeutic and educational benefits of “robotic mediators” for children with autism.” It is interesting how far technology has come, now to the point where it…