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Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Simulate Earthquake Disaster Drill on October 21 in Southern California

The simulated drill will involve autistic patients and staff removal from a multi-floor building to an evacuation center. Tarzana, CA October 21, 2010 – The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center, announces an earthquake evacuation exercise will take place Thursday, October 21, at CARD’s headquarters, located at 19019 Ventura Blvd, in Tarzana, CA. The drill is part of the Great California Shakeout campaign to practice how to protect each other during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home. Major earthquakes can cause catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part…

Recognition of Facial Expressions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Marlena N. Smith In a recent study, Farran, Branson, and King found children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and children with Asperser’s Disorder to show impairments in recognizing facial expressions conveying fear, anger, and sadness. Amygdala has been identified as the region of the brain that processes negative or threatening emotions including fear, anger, and sadness. It has also been speculated that the amygdala may function atypically in persons with ASD. Farran et al. set out to explore the ability of persons with ASD to recognize various facial expressions including fear, anger, sadness, surprise, disgust, and happiness.…

The Robots Are Here

Although it sounds as unreal as spaceships landing, the researchers at the University of Hertfordshire, in the U.K. have created a robot that they say can help children with Autism learn the social skills that elude them. The robot, named KASPAR (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robots) is life, or kid size, and is being used in human-robot interaction studies led by Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn. Her team’s goal is to to demonstrate the “possible therapeutic and educational benefits of “robotic mediators” for children with autism.” It is interesting how far technology has come, now to the point where it…

Laugh to Cure Autism: Mark your Calendars!

Mark your calendars and set your TiVo’s for October 21st at 9 pm when Comedy Central collaborates with Jon Stewart and his production company, Busboy Productions to bring the 3rd annual “Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education.” This benefit’s name is very straightforward and brings many comedians together to raise funds to benefit Autism awareness and research. “Night of Too Many Stars” has raised approximately $7 million and aims to: “benefit a variety of autism education and family service programs across the country, in support of the overabundance of autistic individuals that so desperately need…

Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Host One-Day Conference in Cambridge, Ontario on October 22, 2010

The comprehensive conference will be held in Cambridge, Ontario on Friday, October 22, 2010 and open to parents, practitioners and caregivers. Cambridge, ON – October 22, 2010 The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center, will host a CARD Canadian Autism Conference on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Galt Country Club, located at 750 Coronation Blvd, in Cambridge. World-renowned autism expert / behavior analyst and CARD founder, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, will open the conference with a keynote speech. “When I began my career, the incidence rate of autism was 1 in 10,000.…

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School

Presented by: Jackie Hardenbergh, MA, BCBA This free workshop is ideal for parents, practitioners and caregivers. Thursday, October 07, 2010 7:00pm – 9:00pm St. Rafael Catholic Church 1215 Modaff Road Naperville, Illinois 60540 (North, off 75th Street) This workshop is hosted by TACA (Talk About Curing Autism). About Jackie Hardenbergh: Jackie Hardenbergh, MA, BCBA is the Managing Supervisor for the CARD Chicago office, and Case Consultant for Specialized Outpatient Services. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families for the past 7 years. Jackie received a MA in…

Center for Autism and Related Disorders Celebrates 20 Years with a Star-Studded, Red Carpet Gala on September 25, 2010

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest autism treatment center, announces success with its 20th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 20 years of leading the way in the effective treatment of autism. The event, benefiting ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today), was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View Street, in Los Angeles. One in 110 children is diagnosed with autism in America. The neurological disorder is more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and AIDS combined. “Autism is a global issue that challenges the very fiber…

Dr. Granpeesheh and Macy Gray on FOX’s Good Day LA

Watch Now! This past Wednesday, September 15th, CARD Founder and Executive Director Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D discussed autism’s rising rates and what this epidemic means, during a LIVE, in depth interview, on the highly rated morning news show – FOX 11’s Good Day LA. Dr. Granpeesheh was joined by Grammy winning artist Macy Gray as the two also discussed CARD’s 20th Anniversary Gala.