From November, 2010

Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Infection and Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a recent study, Atladóttir et al. found correlations between prenatal exposure to maternal infection and the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. It has been suggested that prenatal exposure to maternal infections may increase the risk of children developing ASD. Atladóttir et al. set out to investigate the relationship between maternal hospitalization for infection during pregnancy and development of ASD in children.

Further Investigation of the Use of Behavioral Intervention to Improve Working Memory

In a recent study, Lisa Baltruschat and other CARD researchers found evidence suggesting that behavioral intervention may improve working memory in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many children with ASD exhibit deficits in areas of executive functioning including working memory, the ability to simultaneously store and process information. In a previous study, Lisa Baltruschat and other CARD researchers found positive reinforcement to be effective in improving counting span task performance in three children with ASD. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the use of positive reinforcement in improving performance on complex span tasks, a more involved…

CARD and the U.S. Marines Join Forces to Help Children in Need to this Holiday Season

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), considered the world’s largest organization effectively treating children with autism, has announced it has officially kicked off the Marines Toys for Tots toy drive for the holiday season. The event benefits less fortunate youngsters in the community. The toy drive will take place at CARD’s 20 stateside offices from November 10 through December 17, 2010. “The Center for Autism and Related Disorders has been an integral part of the community for 20 years,” says CARD Founder and Executive Director Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. “Participating in the toy drive gives CARD the opportunity…

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh to Receive Winokur Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest provider of top-quality behavioral intervention services to children with autism, has announced Founder and Executive Director Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, has been awarded the 2011 American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists (AACP) Winokur Award for her research article, “Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism,” which was published in the August 2009 Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. The award will be presented at the AACP Annual CME Conference to be held at the McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago on April 15-17, 2011. Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh…

STUDY REVEALS CHILDREN RECOVER FROM AUTISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMEDIA CONTACT:Daphne PlumpTel: 661-478-6512 The Center for Autism and Related Disorders announces the outcomes of its study on 14 children with autism, who achieved substantial levels of growth, including the removal of the autism diagnosis with nearly half of the participants. A landmark study conducted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest provider of early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism, shows children with autism are capable of making dramatic gains across all areas of functioning, including recovery from autism. The report was released, November 11th in Phoenix, Arizona by CARD…

New Study Suggests Kids Can ‘Recover’ From Autism

By Lisa Sigell, CBS/LA Reporter A new study by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) suggests that kids who have autism can recover with the help of intensive behavioral therapy over a three-year period. The report was released today by the Phoenix-based group’s founder and executive director, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. Fourteen children were tested, given 25 hours or more per week of one-on-one teaching and therapy by trained professionals. CARD says many of the children made “substantial” gains in cognitive and adaptive functioning as well as language sills. Most of the children, says the study, also made significant…