Monthly Archives: February 2011

California Workshop Addresses Insurance Funding Resources for Bay Area Parents of Children with Autism

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that is marked by the presence of impaired social interaction and communication in addition to a restricted repertoire of activities and interests. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism in America, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism.

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Preference for Geometric Patterns Identified as a Possible Early Sign of Autism

Participants included 110 children, ages 14-42 months. Of the participants, 37 had ASD, 22 had developmental delay, and 51 had typical development. The participants’ preference for geometric patterns versus social images was measured using eye tracking technology. The participants were shown a minute long video, in which the screen was divided in two halves. One half of the screen displayed social images of children dancing and doing yoga while the other half displayed geometric patterns. Eye tracking technology measured how long each participant looked at each half of the screen.

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The Autspot

TheAUTSPOT library gives site visitors the opportunity to learn about everything from the different autism related therapies to legal advice. Many of our site members get a lot of benefit from our online calendar, which shows all the autism related events taking place in the calendar year (national conferences, seminars, local support groups), and allows each member to post the autism related activities that they know of as well. And lastly, our most unique feature is our developmental charts, which allows each family on the site to plot out the progress of their child’s developmental skills as they mature in age. We encourage you to visit our site, and join www.TheAUTSPOT.com for free!

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Autism Community

I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a guest blogger for CARD. As a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) I play many roles: direct behavioral interventionist, parent trainer, staff trainer and lead writer/editor of the Autism Community website.

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Dr. Oz and the “Autism Show”

However, the show did a fairly decent job of representing the problem. The vast majority of the scientists and pediatricians repeated the party line that “science has already proven that vaccinations do not cause autism” while a group of frustrated parents eloquently but emotionally expressed the fact that the studies have not been exhaustive and have not taken individual children into consideration.

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Pennsylvania Bus Driver Accused of Threatening a 9-Old Autistic Boy with a Crowbar

In December 2010, a 46-year-old male bus driver in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania threatened a 9-year-old autistic child. The incident was recorded on surveillance video. He said to the child, “If you don’t shut your beehive mouth up, I’m going to kill you with this crowbar.” The West Mifflin school district superintendent, Dr. Sardon, called the situation “appalling.” Are you kidding me? How did this guy fool people into hiring him? I myself, find it “appalling” that children were exposed to this bus driver on a daily basis. Charges are pending against the driver, who no longer drives for the West Mifflin school district.

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst Fraud

Fortunately, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) provides a valuable resource to verify BCBA certifications. Anyone can easily confirm a BCBA certification online by visiting the BACB website and clicking on Find a Certificant. There you can run searches for BCBAs according to last name, zip code, city, state, or international country.

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Host Reno Conference Offering the Latest in Effective Autism Treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 110 children in America is diagnosed with autism, making the neurological disorder more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. The objective of the conference is to provide information on the most effective autism interventions, to inform on the latest advances in autism research, and to showcase hands-on, groundbreaking technology used to assess and treat developmental disorders. Attendees will also learn how to strategically access insurance funding for autism treatment.

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Bill Gates Calls the Autism-Vaccine Link “An Absolute Lie.”

Bill Gates wants to make polio the first disease to be eliminated worldwide. This is quite admirable, and is not the first (or the last) time the Gates Foundation has committed to a worthy cause—especially since they allocate over $1.5 billion per year towards national and global causes aimed at helping the weak and disadvantaged.

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Effective Treatment for Autism

Now CARD is launching a new tool in the war against autism called Skills™. Skills takes the entire CARD curriculum and makes it accessible to parents, teachers and caregivers around the world. Skills makes it possible, after an extensive assessment, to customize a program that is uniquely tailored to teach an individual child based on their specific needs. It takes the help my child received and makes it portable. It used to be that your child needed to live within 30 miles of a CARD office in order to benefit from this knowledge. Now there are no boundaries on how far this tool can reach.

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