From May, 2012

Meet The New Managers Of The CARD Massachusetts Office

Stephanie and I met when we were twelve, in junior high and went to high school together as well. We were friends in high school but went to college in different states and didn’t really have any contact until after we graduated. A year or so after we graduated, we ran in to each other back in our hometown and started talking again. It didn’t take long to realize how much we had in common and for us to decide we should be together. We now have a 5-year-old son, named Jackson, who is an incredible kid. He’s smart, creative, empathetic, and funny. Of course he has his moments, but people always comment on how well behaved he is and how well he listens. We credit a good amount of this to our ABA background, the rest is just his personality.

The A-Word, Autism Part 33: New Therapist Training with Shizue

Jack Riley gets a visitor today during his session. Shizue is a new therapist and must complete field work training with another therapist before she is allowed to work alone with kids in the field. Today Jessica not only teaches Jack Riley some new things like actions and manding, but Shizue as well.


Leaving Austin: Destination Massachusetts

Katie Giboney, another supervisor, who became a really close friend of ours in the Austin office, set up a going away party for us at Torchy’s Tacos. Almost all the CARD Austin office came out to say goodbye. It was a great night for reminiscing with friends over tacos and queso. We were really touched at the support our office showed by coming out and celebrating with us.


We are so proud to finally announce that CARD is coming to Massachusetts! We’ve had an outpouring of support from so many families in need of services in the Boston area and we are happy to answer the call!

The Story of CARD eLearning™ and Skills®

When I came to work at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in August of 2005, I was given a number of “projects” to work on, one of which was the CARD Curriculum (as it was called at the time). The CARD Curriculum had been in development for many years before I came along but was nowhere near done. At first the project wasn’t my main priority, as I had other projects, until one day that all changed.

The A-Word, Autism Part 31: Expanding Language

When Jack Riley first began services with CARD he wasn’t speaking. Now, after 9 months, he uses three word sentences to communicate, and his therapists are continually teaching him new frames of language to use. Learning takes a little longer for those on the autism spectrum, but by teaching lessons in small sections, and then connecting, and expanding, significant progress can be made.