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Prenatal Exposure to Antidepressants and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Participants were identified via the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California. A total of 298 children with ASD and 1,507 children with typical development were included in the study. Pharmacy records were used to determine maternal antidepressant usage during the year prior to delivery (i.e., the 3 months prior to conception and throughout the gestational period). Antidepressants were classified into three groups: SSRIs, dual-action antidepressants, and tri-cyclic antidepressants.

Paying Tribute to Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

In a recent article published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Tristram Smith and Svein Eikeseth pay tribute to Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, a pioneer of applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lovaas dedicated 40 years to autism research and his approach to ABA has transformed autism treatment.

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Among my peers, I am a celebrated optimist. Wherever there is a negative opinion, I am there to turn it into a positive. So it was only natural after reading a somewhat depressing blog (http://behaviorjunkie.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/) by ‘Behavior Junkie’, that I would need to reply to it with a positive twist. The blog discusses the path that behavioral analysis is heading, and discusses the faults that he has witnessed in analysts. I am in no way criticizing this view, because it may be very valid from his perspective, instead I am giving my opinion based on my experiences.

Toys For Tots

The US Marine Corps in Pasadena assigned Corporal David Carranza and Corporal Emmanuel Garcia to pick up toys generously donated by the public and our staff from the Center for Autism’s offices for Toys For Tots. Daily News, Saturday, December 18, 2010, page A8

Selecting Toys this Holiday Season

There is no doubt that play is a crucial part of a child’s development. Through play a child can trigger his or her imagination and creativity, engage various senses, learn and practice new skills, and build relationships and social skills. Since children with autism often display a lack of spontaneous pretend play, selecting toys that promote constructive play can be challenging for parents.

Toys For Tots. We’re Raising Christmas Gifts!

All CARD offices around the U.S. are on a mission to raise as many toys possible for Toys for Tots Foundation. We have been campaigning all month long internally and have invited the public to join in. Find your local drop-off Toys for Tots location and help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season.

Doctor’s Sued Over ‘Dangerous’ Autism Treatment

The main thing that struck me after reading the article “Doctors Sued Over ‘Dangerous’ Autism Treatment“ in the Chicago Breaking News was the difference in perspective over what is considered desperate and what is considered proactive when treating autism.

CARD Update

Pictured: Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Public Relations & Events Manager Daphne Plump and I have spent the past week drafting a new press kit for CARD’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. I organized the photoshoot, and Daphne and Chief Technology Officer / Multimedia Director Rob Pontello, managed it to a successful conclusion. The photos look great, Dr. Doreen is very pleased and we are all excited to send out Dr. Doreen’s Press Kit as a comprehensive media pitch to national and international Television, Radio, Newspaper and Online media.

CARD Coming to Reno, NV

Please click to enlarge: We are coming to Reno, Nevada in the beginning of 2011. Make sure to reserve your spot! Don’t live in Reno, Nevada? Well then check out some of other locations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get direct 1:1 therapy, parent training/skills, specialized outpatient services, and much, much more!