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Autism Care and Treatment to Host Orange County Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother’s Day Luncheon

Parents and supporters of children with autism are invited to attend the Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother’s Day Luncheon held at The Resort at Pelican Hill on May 4th, in Newport Coast, hosted by Autism Care and Treatment (ACT Today!). “The gift of hope is the best gift a mother can receive. If you know a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, show her your love by treating her to a day of inspiration at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. All the proceeds will go to grants for autistic children so you’ll be…

NIH to Spend $60 Million in Stimulus Funds on Autism Research

By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today WASHINGTON, March 25 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it will devote $60 million of its $10 billion in economic stimulus money to fund research on autism. It’s the largest chunk of research dollars ever devoted to the disorder and will be split into four grants to support broad research into autism spectrum disorder, according to NIH. Topics of research might include developing and testing screening tools for various populations; assessing risk from prenatal or early life exposures; and treatments for older children, teens, and adults with autism. Grant recipients…

Teen’s Family Transformed After Autism Intervention

Part IIBy Linda Saether CNN Until recently, the Bilson household was under siege. Thirteen-year-old daughter Marissa, who has autism, ruled the roost, screaming shrilly until she got her way and enjoying special privileges that didn’t extend to her siblings, Brittany, 15, and Brendan, 6. The family couldn’t go out in public because of Marissa’s tantrums, and they couldn’t take her into stores because she’d shoplift what she wanted, or just scream until she got it. But that was before. Watch Marissa “before” » Today, the Bilsons’ family life is a lot calmer and quieter. That’s because Marissa and her parents,…

Autism 911: Help for a family in chaos

By Linda Saether, CNN Medical Producer CARD Note: You can follow the Bilsons’ progress on CNN American Morning 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through February 4. Seal Beach, CALIFORNIA (CNN) — The Bilson family is like many other families: three kids, a cat, and a small, lovely home with lots of family photos and carved wooden wall signs with sayings like “Live, Laugh, Love.” But step inside their house after 4 p.m. most weekdays and you’ll want to cover your ears because of the noise — the screaming, to be exact. These are not the shouts of sibling rivalry or…

Pill Swallowing and IV Workshop – Feb 4th – Austin, Texas

Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA, Treatment Evaluation Manager at the Center for Austim and Related Disorders (CARD), will talk about teaching our kids to swallow pills and tolerate IV procedures. Old Quarry Library 7:00pm 7051 Village Center Dr Austin, TX 78731 This workshop is *free* and open to the public. No reservation is necessary, but please leave your children at home, if possible. For more information about CARD’s Medical Facilitation Clinic, click here. Autism is treatable!

Autism Spectrum Disorder May Be More Prevalent Among Children Born Very Prematurely

Science Daily (Jan. 30, 2009) Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), in collaboration with other medical centers, have found that children born more than three months premature, are at three times the risk for screening positive on the modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT). Children who screen positive on M-CHAT may be at greater risk for developing autism. The Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) if there are concerns about the child’s development. One of the ASD-specific…

Autism Screening Tops the President’s Medical To-Do List

By Nancy Shute, US News and World Report Whitehouse.gov launched at 12:01 pm Wednesday, even before the new president had taken his oath of office on the Capitol’s West Front. Autism is the only disorder or disease mentioned explicitly in Obama’s 24-point agenda. Heart disease and cancer don’t get the call. Neither does diabetes, or other chronic diseases. But there are four hefty bullet points addressing autism. Obama called for:1. Increased funding for research, treatment, screenings, public awareness and support services for autism spectrum disorders. 2. “Life-long services” for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults. Many…

CARD Reveals Outcome of First Arizona Early, Intensive Behavioral Therapy Study

In 2006 the Arizona state Legislature and Governor Janet Napolitano approved $3.6 million funding for a two-year comprehensive outcome study to evaluate the effectiveness of early, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a treatment for autism. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) was selected to administer the treatment and spearhead the study in Phoenix. Now, one year later, the 16 children have shown promising results. Amy Kenzer, PhD, BCBA, CARD’s manager of Research and Development says, “At this point, all of the children in the Arizona grant have received services for approximately a year and a half.…

Testosterone Levels Linked To Autistic Traits

Exposure to high levels of testosterone in the womb is related to the development of autistic traits. This is the conclusion of groundbreaking research published in the British Journal of Psychology on 12th January 2009, which found that levels of testosterone in amniotic fluid were linked to children’s autistic traits up to ten years later. Psychologists Dr Bonnie Auyeung, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and their team at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge measured the levels of foetal testosterone in the amniotic fluid of 235 women who underwent amniocentesis during pregnancy. Years later these mothers completed questionnaires that…