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CARD Announces eLearning, a Premier Online Training System for Behavior Therapists

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders announces the launch of www.cardelearning.com, a new online tool for teaching practitioners and other caregivers effective techniques to treat children with autism. Nationwide, December 13, 2010 The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world’s largest provider of state-of-the-art early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism, has launched CARD eLearning™ (www.cardelearning.com), the premier Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) online educator for parents and practitioners working with individuals with autism.

ABA As A Way To Teach Executive Functions And Perspective Taking

In November the annual conference for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis (MOABA) was held. This year Dr. Jonathon Tarbox, who is the Director of Research and Development for Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), was invited to give a speech. The focus of his speech was on the recent research and clinical practice conducted at CARD specifically within executive functions and perspective taking.

Social Skills for Kids

Please click to enlarge: Check out our Social Skills for Kids therapy, specifically designed for children 6-12 that have autism or a related disorder.

Differences between Maternal and Paternal Report of Autism Symptom Severity

In a recent study, Matson, Hess, Kozlowski, and Neal identified differences between maternal and paternal report of symptom severity in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Clinicians often use assessments to assist in diagnosing ASD. Furthermore, many assessments depend on caregiver report and may be completed by either or both parents. The purpose of this study was to compare maternal and paternal ratings of ASD symptom severity in children with ASD and children with typical development.

Sleep, Routines, and Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a recent study, Henderson, Barry, Bader, and Jordan identified correlations between sleep and challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Sleep disturbances are common amongst children with ASD. Henderson et al. set out to investigate relationships between sleep, routines, and challenging behavior in children with ASD as compared to children with typical development.

Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Infection and Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a recent study, Atladóttir et al. found correlations between prenatal exposure to maternal infection and the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children. It has been suggested that prenatal exposure to maternal infections may increase the risk of children developing ASD. Atladóttir et al. set out to investigate the relationship between maternal hospitalization for infection during pregnancy and development of ASD in children.

Further Investigation of the Use of Behavioral Intervention to Improve Working Memory

In a recent study, Lisa Baltruschat and other CARD researchers found evidence suggesting that behavioral intervention may improve working memory in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many children with ASD exhibit deficits in areas of executive functioning including working memory, the ability to simultaneously store and process information. In a previous study, Lisa Baltruschat and other CARD researchers found positive reinforcement to be effective in improving counting span task performance in three children with ASD. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the use of positive reinforcement in improving performance on complex span tasks, a more involved…

Completing Two Resolutions with One Run

By Olivia Maximo Were exercising and being more charitable some of your 2010 resolutions? Well here is your chance to check those two off of your list. You can support ACT Today! by registering for the 7th Annual 5K/10K Calabasas Classic November 14th 2010 bright and early at 8 am. ACT Today! is trying to raise $5000 at this event to provide grants to families in need of treatment services. When you register, make sure you select team ACT TODAY! See you there!