From December, 2010

iPads. The New Behavior Therapist?

When I first saw the iPad, I must admit, I thought it was a completely unnecessary and awkward-looking device. It wasn’t until I heard how helpful it was for children with autism and other communication disorders that I understood how useful this technology could be. This makes complete sense, too; the iPad, which is simple enough for children to use, is also very appealing to the young ones who love to feel ‘adult’ by using new technology.

Holiday Traditions

Baking cookies is a time-honored tradition for many families during the holidays. When I was younger, my mom and I would bake cookies every Christmas Eve. Before going to bed, we would leave a plate of cookies and a tall glass of milk on the table for Santa. We would also leave a dish of cookies and a saucer of milk by the foot of the table for Rudolph.

CARD Coming to Reno, NV

Please click to enlarge: We are coming to Reno, Nevada in the beginning of 2011. Make sure to reserve your spot! Don’t live in Reno, Nevada? Well then check out some of other locations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get direct 1:1 therapy, parent training/skills, specialized outpatient services, and much, much more!

CARD Announces eLearning, a Premier Online Training System for Behavior Therapists

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders announces the launch of, a new online tool for teaching practitioners and other caregivers effective techniques to treat children with autism. Nationwide, December 13, 2010 The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest provider of state-of-the-art early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism, has launched CARD eLearning™ (, the premier Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) online educator for parents and practitioners working with individuals with autism.

ABA As A Way To Teach Executive Functions And Perspective Taking

In November the annual conference for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis (MOABA) was held. This year Dr. Jonathon Tarbox, who is the Director of Research and Development for Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), was invited to give a speech. The focus of his speech was on the recent research and clinical practice conducted at CARD specifically within executive functions and perspective taking.

Social Skills for Kids

Please click to enlarge: Check out our Social Skills for Kids therapy, specifically designed for children 6-12 that have autism or a related disorder.

Differences between Maternal and Paternal Report of Autism Symptom Severity

In a recent study, Matson, Hess, Kozlowski, and Neal identified differences between maternal and paternal report of symptom severity in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Clinicians often use assessments to assist in diagnosing ASD. Furthermore, many assessments depend on caregiver report and may be completed by either or both parents. The purpose of this study was to compare maternal and paternal ratings of ASD symptom severity in children with ASD and children with typical development.

CARD Participates in the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign

By Marlena Smith This holiday season, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) has teamed up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect toys for less fortunate children in the community. From now through December 17th, all CARD office locations will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in their original packaging for boys and girls of all ages. CARD also welcomes the public to participate. All those who are interested may bring new, unwrapped toys in their original packaging to any CARD location on Thursday December 2nd and Friday December 10th. On these dates, our offices will…

Sleep, Routines, and Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a recent study, Henderson, Barry, Bader, and Jordan identified correlations between sleep and challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Sleep disturbances are common amongst children with ASD. Henderson et al. set out to investigate relationships between sleep, routines, and challenging behavior in children with ASD as compared to children with typical development.