From December, 2010

Defining Autism

Some common signs of autism are difficulty communicating, lack of social skills, and repetitive behavior. [1] Remove the word autism from that sentence and those descriptions define most artists. There is an iconic, preconceived notion associated with artists labeled as genius. As they are consumed by their practice and their unique vision of the world, their artwork is the defining way for them to relate to others. Their medium is their voice. Their reality is experienced in a tunneled vision which allows them to focus on their craft.

Spreading Autism Awareness and Resources Around the World

CARD Virginia Team In 2010, we participated in over 120 events – the most ever in one year for CARD! These events (walks, seminars, festivals, workshops, conferences, community forums) allowed us to be a part of something bigger, join forces with parents and other professionals, all while allowing us to help raise autism awareness, get connected, and thus…form a greater bond with the community.

Recovery from Autism: A Note From The Docs

Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D Director and Co-Creator of SKILLS and Manager of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Recovery from autism is still a controversial topic and many in the autism field are still afraid to discuss it. We at CARD have seen recovery for decades and we make it happen for some of the children that we treat. We are not the only ones. Treatment providers all over the country who have been doing top-quality ABA treatment for children with autism, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for two or more years,…

Paying Tribute to Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

In a recent article published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Tristram Smith and Svein Eikeseth pay tribute to Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, a pioneer of applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lovaas dedicated 40 years to autism research and his approach to ABA has transformed autism treatment.

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Among my peers, I am a celebrated optimist. Wherever there is a negative opinion, I am there to turn it into a positive. So it was only natural after reading a somewhat depressing blog (http://behaviorjunkie.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/) by ‘Behavior Junkie’, that I would need to reply to it with a positive twist. The blog discusses the path that behavioral analysis is heading, and discusses the faults that he has witnessed in analysts. I am in no way criticizing this view, because it may be very valid from his perspective, instead I am giving my opinion based on my experiences.

Toys For Tots

The US Marine Corps in Pasadena assigned Corporal David Carranza and Corporal Emmanuel Garcia to pick up toys generously donated by the public and our staff from the Center for Autism’s offices for Toys For Tots. Daily News, Saturday, December 18, 2010, page A8

Selecting Toys this Holiday Season

There is no doubt that play is a crucial part of a child’s development. Through play a child can trigger his or her imagination and creativity, engage various senses, learn and practice new skills, and build relationships and social skills. Since children with autism often display a lack of spontaneous pretend play, selecting toys that promote constructive play can be challenging for parents.

Toys For Tots. We’re Raising Christmas Gifts!

All CARD offices around the U.S. are on a mission to raise as many toys possible for Toys for Tots Foundation. We have been campaigning all month long internally and have invited the public to join in. Find your local drop-off Toys for Tots location and help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season.

Doctor’s Sued Over ‘Dangerous’ Autism Treatment

The main thing that struck me after reading the article “Doctors Sued Over ‘Dangerous’ Autism Treatment“ in the Chicago Breaking News was the difference in perspective over what is considered desperate and what is considered proactive when treating autism.

CARD Update

Pictured: Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Public Relations & Events Manager Daphne Plump and I have spent the past week drafting a new press kit for CARD’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. I organized the photoshoot, and Daphne and Chief Technology Officer / Multimedia Director Rob Pontello, managed it to a successful conclusion. The photos look great, Dr. Doreen is very pleased and we are all excited to send out Dr. Doreen’s Press Kit as a comprehensive media pitch to national and international Television, Radio, Newspaper and Online media.