Next month is April and all across the globe families everywhere will be supporting individuals with autism by showing awareness for the disorder. Each year to support autism awareness, we have CARD Spirit day. It’s a day for us to celebrate the CARD family and all the wonderful people that make what we do possible.
CARD is made up of therapists, BCBAs, and supervisors who have chosen to dedicate their lives to the treatment of children with autism. The keyword here is ‘chosen’, because each CARD therapist, BCBA, and supervisor cares deeply about helping the individuals they treat to achieve their highest potential.
In this episode of The A-Word, we are introduced to Nick, a young man that underwent ABA therapy for autism at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and recovered.
As an autism therapy provider, one of the most frequent questions we get asked by families is about how to pay for services. Most families do not have the necessary income to cover a full-time ABA program for their child, so they look to their insurance provider for help.
We just started our Thankful List – something we do every November. This year we are putting feathers into a pinecone turkey with the things we are thankful for written on each feather. My 4 year-old’s first feather says, “I’m thankful for our thankful turkey,” and my 2 year old’s says, “I Superman!”
We’ve been back in school for one week and I’m already dreading the morning crunch. My daughter has no problem waking up at 6am on weekends, but Monday morning rolls around and I am shaking her awake at 7:30. Things go downhill from there; she drags her feet with every morning activity, creating a ton of stress for everyone involved.
Stephanie’s Day this year was full of smiles and hugs as family’s from all over the southern California area gathered at the CBS lot in Studio City, CA to show support and acceptance for autism. This year CARD had a table at the event and what a great turnout!!
My 4-year-old’s BFF, June, (who happens to be the daughter of my BFF) has a younger sister with autism. She recently started an ABA program with CARD and the family has therapists popping in and out of their house on a daily basis.
Today, many families are making the impossible choice of opting out of treatment for their child with autism, simply because their medical insurance copays are too large. Do something about this injustice and help a family today.
Katie Giboney, another supervisor, who became a really close friend of ours in the Austin office, set up a going away party for us at Torchy’s Tacos. Almost all the CARD Austin office came out to say goodbye. It was a great night for reminiscing with friends over tacos and queso. We were really touched at the support our office showed by coming out and celebrating with us.