Category Archives: Autism Therapy

Help Families Living with Autism Get Treatment Today

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Today, many families are making the impossible choice of opting out of treatment for their child with autism, simply because their medical insurance copays are too large. Do something about this injustice and help a family today.

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Expand Your Definition of ABA

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Did you know ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) goes way beyond, “Come here?” and, “What color?” ABA has a reputation of being limited to teaching functional skills, simple academics and basic language and social skills. In reality, these limitations only exist when service providers lack the resources (funding) for a comprehensive program and/or lack training in current applications of ABA.

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ABA for Autism: Take Action Now!

Autism parents, experts and activists, encourage everyone to sign the petition asking Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to clarify the essential health benefits to include ABA for Autism! This small clarification can open a world of possibilities for children with Autism. Learn how you can make your own infinity ribbon to tell the world that with ABA, the possibilities are infinite!

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NEW New York Law Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Cost of Autism Therapy

WHEC TV speaks with Center for Autism and Related Disorders about the effects of the New York law that now requires insurance companies to cover the cost of autism therapy.

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Teaching Sarcasm

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One of the reasons my daughter struggled to understand my explanation of sarcasm, other than the sub-par definition and the fact that she’s still a little shaky on the meaning of “opposite,” is because the ability to detect sarcasm and irony doesn’t develop until ages 5 or 6. In neurotypical children, this skill continues to develop into early teens (Creusere, 2000; Dews et al., 1996; Harris & Pexman, 2003; Pexman et al., 2011). For children with ASDs (ASD), understanding and using non-literal and counterfactual language, like sarcasm, is particularly difficult.

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CARD IS HIRING!

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We’re hiring Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA’s)! Are you a BCBA that is looking for employment? Do you know any BCBA’s that are looking for employment?

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Receives Social Skills Research Grant

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San Diego, CA | December 19, 2011 – The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) has awarded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) a Community Project Grant to conduct a randomized trial of a playgroup for teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. Twenty-four children, ages five to seven, will learn critical social skills, such as sharing, turn-taking, initiating play, joining play, and maintaining play over the course of a 12-week program called Creating Opportunities to Meet Peers and Advance Social Skills (The COMPASS Project). The study will take place at CARD’s San Diego location with no cost to participants.

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Center for Autism Ranked in Top Three Non-Governmental Organizations Providing Largest Financial Support to Autism Research

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), has been named one of the top three largest non-governmental financial supporters of autism research in the United States, and the only for-profit organization in the top three-tier ranking. The research findings come from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), whose mission is to provide a blueprint for autism research that is advisory to the Department of Health and Human Services and serves as a basis for partnerships with other agencies and private organizations involved in autism research and services.

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What is ABA? Discrete Trial Training

The EIBI group of 40 hours or more a week gained an average of 20 IQ points over the two year period and 47 percent of these children reached average intellectual functioning, whereas the other groups showed no significant change in IQ level. This does not mean that DTT is a successful method for every individual with autism, but does work very well for the majority.

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Family Structure and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Although this statistic has been used time and again, its origin and supportive research are unknown. While there have been many speculations about elevated parental divorce rates for children with ASD, very little research has actually been conducted to estimate the frequency of divorce in this population. For this reason, Dr. Freedman and colleagues conducted the first population-based study to explore family structures of children with ASD.

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