From October, 2011

Joe Mohs

Motivational Speaker Joe Mohs to Speak at CARD Montana Autism Conference on Autism Recovery

Motivational Speaker and Autism Activist Joe Mohs will share his journey from severe diagnosis of autism to recovery, at the Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) Montana Autism Conference on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the University of Montana, in Missoula. The conference is free and intended for parents, caregivers, students and practitioners who will have an opportunity to meet Mohs, who has recovered from autism with intense therapy. Mohs will share his story and prove that recovery is possible for those who are affected by autism.

Hacienda Oaks Estates

The event was truly spectacular. It included live music, wine tasting, an amazing assortment of hors d’oeuvres, as well as an incredible Italian buffet. I had the pleasure of speaking with many parent volunteers including Cynthia Conway, the President of Hacienda Oaks Estates. Cynthia is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has been working in the field of autism for over 15 years. Cynthia was inspired to set up Hacienda Oaks Estates after watching her clients grow up and approach adulthood.

The A-Word Part 13:The Importance of Language

Last week we saw Jack Riley begin to tackle self feeding. In part 13 we see him feed himself with no trouble. Each new skill acquired is a victory, but there are still many more to learn. Language to express oneself is especially important, and in this episode we see why.

CARD to Host a Free Montana Autism Conference this November

The Center for Autism and Related Disorder announces it will host a CARD Montana Autism Conference on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the University of Montana. The one-day conference will take place from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in the University Center Theater, located at 32 Campus Drive in Missoula. The conference is free and designed especially for parents, caregivers, students and practitioners.

Moving Past Picky Eating

In the year 2000, a study conducted by Gail P. Williams, Nancy Dalrymple and Jaime Neal found that 67 percent of parents of children with autism described their child as a poor eater. However, 73 percent of that same group of parents [More…] reported that their child had a good appetite for preferred foods (Williams, 2000). Realizing that their child can eat but chooses not to eat in a healthy manner can be very frustrating for parents.

Problems with food acceptance are common for children on the autism spectrum. Many families struggle with these issues thinking that the child’s picky eating habits are simply a product of their diagnosis of autism. Moving Past Picky Eating is a free webinar that aims to show how these challenging behaviors can change for the better through ABA therapy.

The A- word Part 12: Learning How to Self Feed

Jack Riley has been in ABA therapy for the last ten weeks and they are finally tackling one of his biggest behavioral issues, feeding. Jack RIley doesn’t feed himself food and eats a very limited variety. RIght now his diet consists primarily of pancakes, applesauce, and yogurt. In part 12 we see how his therapists and parents begin to work on this skill with Jack RIley.

CARD Colorado Autism Conference Features Practical Solutions for Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox will engage you with “Practical Solutions for Addressing Challenging Behaviors”. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often display challenging behaviors such as stereotypy, aggression, self-injurious behavior, tantrums, and property destruction. Several decades of research have conclusively shown that addressing the function, or cause, of the behavior is an effective approach to decreasing challenging behaviors and replacing them with positive alternative behaviors.