By Shannon Penrod



In the last few months I’m sure you’ve seen all the eloping horror stories in the news. You might be wandering how, as a parent, you can take steps to prevent your child from wandering into danger.

Ask Dr. Doreen

Here’s another segment of CARD founder Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh on Autism Live answering questions about autism from viewers. Here are the topics she covers this week:

The State of the State of Autism 2014: Fitting the Pieces Together

As the ball dropped and 2014 was officially rung in, my first thought was, “More Americans with Autism will have access to important, life- changing therapies than ever before!” My second thought, after a heavy sigh, was, “It’s not enough.” There is so much more work to be done. Autism as a community of individuals, both those who are on the spectrum and those who love those on the spectrum, has struggled to find a clear voice. Ironic? Perhaps. But the time to come together is now; the time to be clear, concise, and direct is NOW!

Assessment Center

Does My Child Have Autism?

Parent to parent: How do you know if your child has autism? What are the first steps to take? You need to start with a proper assessment & get a diagnosis.

Autism Live Sitting Down With Temple Grandin

Watch this one-of-a-kind video series where Autism Live host Shannon Penrod sits down with the world-renown Temple Grandin for a candid one on one interview about autism. In this first video, Temple addresses the necessity of early intervention with ABA Therapy for children on the spectrum.

CARD Founder Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh To Speak In Florida

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh will be hosting a two-hour seminar entitled, “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. This event is specifically designed for parents, practitioners, educators, and caregivers. Attendees will learn about effective, individualized treatment programs that teach necessary skills and maximize skill acquisition, specifically for children with ASD. If you would like to attend the event and hear Dr. Doreen speak, please RSVP to by Dec. 3.

Compassion In Action

Have you ever felt like you were alone and no one understood what you were going through? I have to be honest, in the first year after my son was diagnosed with Autism, I felt that way a great deal of the time. For me that feeling of isolation got better over time. I was lucky that some people reached out their hands and showed me that my family’s journey was a group marathon, not a solo sprint. Those helping hands made all the difference and I am forever grateful to them. But if I’m completely honest there are still days, 7 years after we first got that diagnosis, that I marvel at the sometime complete lack of compassion for what my son has gone through, and what so many other families dealing with Autism are going through. “Where is the compassion, where is the perspective taking from people who are supposedly neuro-typical??!!!” I sometimes rage. Those moments leave me feeling powerless and I’ve decided to do something about it.

Talking with Temple – The Prescription

One of the main things you learn when you talk to Temple Grandin is that she lives to create solutions. Whether it’s finding a humane way to walk cattle through a slaughter house or it’s finding a way to engage a child’s individual imagination, she is excited to brainstorm and find a viable path. As soon as Temple Grandin found out that I was an Autism Mom, she wanted to know all about my son. What were his interests? What was I doing to feed his interests? One of the things Temple seems very sure about is that we shouldn’t allow children on the spectrum to just wither away by themselves playing useless games that don’t teach them anything useful. And let’s face it there are lots of those games out there.