Today we’d like to recognize Ethan, a child that was diagnosed with autism at age two and has been a member of the #CARDFamily since 2005. Since his diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, we’ve had the privilege of being a part of Ethan’s growth and development.
Recovery from autism is still a controversial topic and many in the autism field are still afraid to discuss it. We at CARD have seen recovery for decades and we make it happen for some of the children that we treat. We are not the only ones. Treatment providers all over the country who have been doing top-quality ABA treatment for children with autism, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for two or more years, have been recovering children for years. Let me explain exactly what we at CARD mean when we say a child has recovered from autism. We mean that the child no longer displays clinically significant impairments related to autism. In other words, there is nothing left to treat, the child is doing just fine. But it’s not good enough to just take our word for it, so here is how we measure it.
The Los Angeles Times is doing a four-part series on autism called “Discovering Autism”. The first part of the series can be found here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/autism/la-me-autism-day-one-html,0,1218038.htmlstory
As part of the series, they have a video section titled “Living with Autism”, which features people who are on the autism spectrum.
Among them is Justin Marroquin, a former client of CARD who is featured in the story. Justin recovered from autism in 2008.
Motivational Speaker and Autism Activist Joe Mohs will share his journey from severe diagnosis of autism to recovery, at the Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) Montana Autism Conference on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the University of Montana, in Missoula. The conference is free and intended for parents, caregivers, students and practitioners who will have an opportunity to meet Mohs, who has recovered from autism with intense therapy. Mohs will share his story and prove that recovery is possible for those who are affected by autism.
A few thoughts on meaningful outcomes of treatment for individuals severely affected by autism.