CARD ANNOUNCES FETC 2011 A SUCCESS FOR LAUNCH OF SKILLS™

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center that provides state-of-the art therapy, announces a successful launch of Skills™ and CARD eLearning™ at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). Both tools were introduced to more than 8,000 attendees at FETC, held January 31–February 3, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.  CARD eLearning and Skills are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) which has been empirically proven to be the most effective autism treatment and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Surgeon General.

CARD eLearning  is a 40-hour online training course designed to facilitate effective intervention for children with autism by equipping users with foundational knowledge in ABA.  The training consists of nine video-based training modules which feature online note-taking, quizzes, a final exam and a certificate of course completion.

Skills is a web-based tool that provides everything that educators (including parents, teachers, and professionals) need to effectively design and manage a comprehensive, individualized treatment program for children with autism or related disorders. Skills provides access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development available. The results of the assessment are linked to a set of eight curricula that provide individualized lesson plans with step-by-step instructions for teaching children with autism the skills they need. In addition, Skills provides charts and graphs that track treatment progress and the impact of various events, including other treatments and life events, on the child’s progress.

The Skills Open House at FETC was led by the Director of Skills, Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D.  “Unlike other assessment tools for the treatment of autism and related disorders, Skills provides users with developmental milestones, prerequisites, and activity guides. Each lesson comes with supplemental worksheets and handouts to ensure that what the child learns applies to his or her real life,” said Dr. Najdowski. “In addition, users can view Skills lesson videos and create an individualized treatment plan using this program.”

Skills co-creator and CARD’s Director of Analytics Dennis Dixon, PhD added, “Teachers, parents and practitioners can use Skills as an effective management tool. The online program can evaluate treatment progress one child at a time. Plus, by allowing the user to look at progress across a number of children, the user can evaluate treatment integrity down to the individual therapist. And while the system will automate a program for users, it still affords them the flexibility to tailor the program to the child’s unique needs.”

Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, founder and executive director of CARD says, “My initial intent in developing Skills was to empower both parents and professionals. I wanted to provide the highest quality training, the most accurate assessment, and the most comprehensive curriculum for children with autism. Skills does all of that, and more.”

For more information on these two breakthrough programs, visit www.cardelearning.com and www.skillsforautism.com.

Readers seeking access to the CARD eLearning and Skills programs can obtain free passcodes by calling (877) 975-4559.

Journalists seeking media interviews, contact Daphne Plump at 661-478-6512.

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