From January, 2011

The First Person Diagnosed with Autism

Little else was known about Donald Triplett, until Donvan and Zucker’s article. In the article, the authors reveal various details about Donald’s life. For instance, at age 18 Donald was offered a part in Hungarian hypnotist Franz Polgar’s act to showcase his ability to multiply large numbers in his head.

Coming Forward

Colin Meloy, of The Decemberists, shared with Uncut Magazine that his 4-year-old son is Autistic. Find out more about The Decemberists and how Meloy’s son influenced a track on their new Album “The King Is Dead.”

Therapy for Autism with Dogs

A recent study tested whether children with autism would rather play with an object, person, or dog. The result was that they preferred and played with the dogs longer than either people or objects. As a dog lover myself, I know that sometimes I am the same way. Dogs are fun, loyal, and many mimic your energy, making them the perfect companion.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Returns to FOX & Friends to Discuss Autism and Vaccines

Even after the medical journal that published his study linking the MMR vaccine to autism declared his research as fraudulent, Dr. Andrew Wakefield continues to stand by his findings. So who are parents to believe? Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson spoke to Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, head of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, on Monday, January 24th. Meet Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh on Wednesday, February 23rd at the CARD Assessment Center Open House – click here for details and to RSVP!

CARD eLearning: An opportunity for Caregivers of Children with Autism

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and other CARD research and development staff have conducted preliminary research on CARD eLearning that suggested it may be an effective tool for training behavioral therapists. The study evaluated the effectiveness of eLearning as compared to traditional lecture-style instruction in training newly hired therapists. Knowledge of ABA significantly increased for both groups, with the traditional training group scoring slightly higher than the eLearning group.

Ernie Els, Making a Difference in the Autism Community with Golf

The Els for Autism Foundation was created in 2009 and since then, many events have been held to help raise the set goal of $30 million for the Els For Autism Center of Excellence. These centers will host researchers, as well as medical and clinical specialists that will communicate with and guide families in education and therapy programs. This free, digital service is part of the goal is to connect families all over the world with best practices for their children on the autism spectrum.” said Liezl Els, Ernie Els wife and co creator of the Foundation.

Data Collection, How to Know Whether Your Child’s Treatment Really Works

I am often asked “What is the most important component of an effective intervention for autism?”  When I was first asked this question, I made a list of the various components of a high-quality applied behavior analysis (ABA) program. However, I quickly abandoned that line of thought as I reflected on the variety of interventions that exist in the field of autism treatment and the importance of determining which ones are effective.

Family Vacations and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Some of my greatest childhood memories are from family vacations. My mom and I have ridden on horseback down the Haleakala Crater in Maui, explored the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico, and marveled at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. However, along with all the excitement of traveling comes a great deal of stress. From checking bags and navigating through airport security to enduring flight delays and long layovers, traveling can be a real hassle. And while most people find traveling stressful, it can be especially difficult for families of children with autism.

Don’t Worry, He Will Grow Out of It!

When parents talk to pediatricians and educational professionals about an undesirable behavior, it is not uncommon to be told that many children will “grow out” of that behavior. This is often reassuring for parents because it means, 1) other children also engage in this undesirable behavior, and 2) the undesirable behavior might go away on its own. As a parent it is easy to think “If other typical children are also engaging in this behavior it must not be a huge problem,” and “Other children have ‘grown out’ of this behavior, so I don’t have to do anything except wait…