The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is attempting to implement new regulations that will negatively impact our ability to provide quality services to our clients. The proposed regulation gives DDS the ability to lower our reimbursement rates for therapy work and increases the experience requirement for our therapists. This means that in most cases we will not be able to afford to keep our current therapists on staff. Our Regional Center reimbursement rates are already very low and the planned 25% cut will make it financially impossible for us to hire, train and retain great therapists. Plus, most of our therapists come to CARD for their first clinical position and they do so because of our exceptional training program. However, if they don’t apply to CARD with at least 6 months of previous experience, we won’t be able to hire them. How are these bright people supposed to get experience if organizations like CARD can’t hire them?
CARD Founder and Skills™ Co-Founder Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh will present “Autism Prevention” on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Autism One/Generation Rescue 2011 Conference in Lombard, Illinois. The presentation will be held inside of the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel, from 5pm-6pm.
In a recent study, CARD researchers Jina Jang, Dr. Dennis Dixon, Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, and Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh found a relationship between symptom severity and challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Children with ASD are often reported to display challenging behavior (e.g., aggression, tantrums, self-injury, stereotypy, etc.); however, research examining the prevalence of challenging behavior in this population is limited. The purpose of the current study was to explore the incidence of challenging behavior and the relationship between symptom severity and challenging behavior in children with ASD receiving early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services.
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.