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.
Skills® – an innovative web-based tool to design and manage a comprehensive, individualized
treatment program for children with autism and related disorders. Skills provides a comprehensive assessment, almost 4,000 lesson plans, and a progress-tracking system. It covers eight areas of development: social, motor, language, adaptive, play, executive functions, social cognition, and academic skills. Answers to the assessment questions link directly to customizable lesson plans, stimuli, worksheets, and data sheets, which are all printable. The system also graphs assessment results and treatment progress, allowing you to keep track of your clients’ mastery of targets and activities. In addition, a clinical timeline graph allows you to evaluate the effects of life events, challenging behaviors, and procedures being conducted by other treatment providers on the child’s progress. *In 2011, research was published showing that the Language portion of the Skills® Assessment has excellent test-retest and inter-rater reliability (Dixon, Tarbox, Najdowski, Wilke, and Granpeesheh).
Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D Director and Co-Creator of SKILLS and Manager of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Recovery from autism is still a controversial topic and many in the autism field are still afraid to discuss it. We at CARD have seen recovery for decades and we make it happen for some of the children that we treat. We are not the only ones. Treatment providers all over the country who have been doing top-quality ABA treatment for children with autism, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for two or more years,…