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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery App Utilizes Technology to Revolutionize Learning for Children with Autism

Camp Discovery

The educational, evidence-based app helps children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) overcome deficits by learning new skills.

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 15, 2014)- Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) today announced the release of Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery, which houses a growing suite of educational games designed to teach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) new skills. The app incorporates the evidence-based behavior principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) used in the comprehensive CARD curriculum for over 20 years. It offers fun learning opportunities for children with ASD, ages 2 and older, to learn lessons thoroughly by matching, sorting, and completing receptive tasks. Camp Discovery is available at no cost for iPad and is coming soon for iPhone, Android and Kindle devices.

Camp Discovery is voice narrated and requires little to no adult supervision. The interface is user friendly, with all responses requiring only dragging and dropping or touching flashcards to be successful. The teaching procedures used in Camp Discovery were designed by experts in the field of ABA and are grounded on evidence-based teaching principles. For correct responses, players receive both visual and auditory reinforcement to keep them motivated and engaged. If a player responds incorrectly, a unique prompting system guides the player to answer correctly. Although Camp Discovery was designed for children with ASD, all children can benefit from the carefully planned teaching procedures.

ABA is the only scientifically validated treatment for ASD, and research shows it is most effective when delivered early and at a high level of intensity. Camp Discovery is an innovative tool created by CARD to increase access to treatment resources through technology. The app gives families the ability to supplement their child’s treatment program from home and also may be used by families waiting to start services.

“Camp Discovery incorporates preference assessments, which sets it apart from other children’s learning apps. The component is used in behavioral intervention to deliver preferred rewards as reinforcement for correct answers,” said Dennis Dixon, Ph.D., chief strategy officer at CARD. “The app addresses the demand for mobile educational solutions that use proven techniques.”

Preference assessments take place before learning trials begin, and rewards for correct responses are personalized for each player to maintain the child’s interest. Camp Discovery also offers mini games that serve as rewards for completing rounds and keep children motivated to learn. The app gives parents and caregivers the ability to track a child’s progress across games with automated graphs. Multiple settings may be manipulated to personalize the player’s learning experience.

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Web Show Plays “Santa” This Holiday Season to Families Affected By Autism

Giveaway

Autism Live announces the start of its “Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza” contest where families with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can win gift certificates, toys, and free subscriptions to online autism-related programs. Now through Dec. 20, parents can enter for a chance to win by tuning into Autism Live and emailing the secret code revealed during the 2-hour, daily web show.

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“Lost in Public” Video Helps Parents Keep Their Children Safe

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A newly-launched “Lost in Public” video, produced by the Autism Research Group, demonstrates how to use rules, role playing, and praise to teach children what to do if they get lost.

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IBT’s Top Ten Autism Holiday Tips

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The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) this week released ten of its top tips to minimize challenges for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during the holiday season.

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CARD Founder Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Bringing Treatment Solutions to Florida Families

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Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, world- renowned autism expert, clinical psychologist, and the founder and CEO of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc., will host a two-hour seminar, “Creating a Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Program for a Child with Autism,” on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Edison State College in Ft. Myers. Attendees will learn about effective, individualized treatment programs that teach necessary skills and maximize skill acquisition, specifically for children with ASD. The event is designed for parents, practitioners, educators, and caregivers. Attendees must RSVP to d.plump@centerforautism.com by Dec. 3.

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CARD Launches Unique Program to Give Adults with Autism Greater Quality of Life

Adult Services

We’re launching the nation’s first-of-its-kind comprehensive treatment program for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The CARD Adult Services program uses intensive, scientifically-proven applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to place adults with ASD on the fast track to being functional in their daily lives, integrated into the community, and living their lives to their fullest potential.

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IBT Offers Professionals Specialized Supervisor Training to Meet Requirements

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The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) will host a training on Nov. 11, 2013, in Marina Del Rey, Calif., to teach professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure effective supervision of individuals who are pursuing certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

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New Autism Study Reveals Effectiveness of Web-Based Intervention Tool for Challenging Behaviors

A new autism study shows that use of the Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Builder improves the quality of behavior intervention plans designed by clinicians treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study, conducted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), is published in the December 2013 edition of the scientific journal Research [...]

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Emmy Award Winner & Autism Parent Begins Weekly Broadcast Segment “EmPOWERing Autism Parents” on Autism Live

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Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and media personality Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson launches a new Autism Live segment called “EmPOWERing Autism Parents” this Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The segment will air during the 10:00 a.m. (PDT) hour on www.autism-live.com. “EmPOWERing Autism Parents” provides motivation for parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and inspiring tips on how to address the challenges. Viewers can also watch “Empowering Autism Parents” on its YouTube channel.

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CARD to Implement, Skills®:The Online Autism Solution With Magellan Health Services

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CARD and Magellan Health Services (MGLN) today announced the implementation of Skills®: The Online Autism Solution across Magellan’s network of behavioral health providers who work with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Skills® curriculum will enable providers to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses, design individualized and comprehensive treatment plans, and track treatment progress. Skills is based on the scientifically-proven principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and was created by researchers and top-level clinicians at CARD.

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