Families with children from birth to five years of age who are experiencing any sort of challenging behavior and reside in the communities of the Northeast Maricopa region may qualify for a “First Things First” grant that provides free specialized outpatient services.
The benefit of using toys and robots to help teach social skills is that the toy can be programmed to respond consistently. Consistent responses help children to learn the correct behaviors more quickly. The soft, tactile nature of Auti could be appealing to some children with autism and encourage them to interact with Auti. Another good point about Auti is that it responds to touch as well as speech, so children without speech could still interact with Auti and potentially learn.
“Our teachers are nothing less than the best in the field. They are Board Certified Behavior Analysts and certified teachers who have had years of experience treating and teaching children with autism.” says Mary Ann Cassell, CARD VA Managing Supervisor. “With the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA), we are confident that the unique needs of each student can be met.”
While these are very real concerns, they do not take away from the scientific evidence that the disorder is best described as falling along a spectrum and that the APA’s revised diagnostic criteria likely offers a more accurate clinical definition of the disorder. As we move forward with the revised diagnostic criteria, we will surely run into obstacles; however, in the long run I believe we will have a much more clinically useful definition of autism. I am interested in hearing what you have to say on the matter. What are your thoughts on the APA’s revised diagnostic criteria?
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), has announced it will host the CARD New York Autism Summer Conference on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel, located at 1 Radisson Plaza in New Rochelle, New York. The conference is free for all attendees, including parents, educators, medical and behavioral practitioners, researchers, and students.
Participants included 278 children with typical development, 288 children with autistic disorder, and 141 children with ASD, ages 24 to 60 months. Via telephone interviews, mothers were questioned retroactively about their consumption of vitamin supplements during the three months prior to conception and throughout the gestational period. Furthermore, blood samples were collected from the families of 232 participants with typical development and 238 participants with autistic disorder. Maternal, paternal, and child blood samples were tested for various one-carbon metabolism gene variations, which have been found in previous research studies to be associated with ASD.
According to Dr. Brugha and colleagues, these findings suggest that the increased prevalence of ASD seen today may not be the result of increased incidence of ASD, but rather under-diagnosis of ASD across previous generations. While further research is needed to replicate these findings, the results of this study offer preliminary evidence that incidence of ASD may have remained more or less stable over time and that improved screening and diagnostic practices may account for the greater rate of ASD diagnoses today.
CARD executive director and Skills co-creator Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh sits down with ABC 2 in Baltimore to discuss Skills, an effective web based treatment for autism.
The image of me at 25 weeks pregnant –so happily showing off my swollen belly leaves me asking if Jack riley was already affected then. I wonder, while looking at a picture of him just days home from the hospital if he was already on this path or if we’ve done something to him or not protected him in some way from the monster that would ultimately take over.