CARD is proud to announce that The Help Group, considered the largest comprehensive non-profit organization serving the needs of individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders, will begin a 4-month pilot of Skills® curriculum for 40 children with ASD, along with the CARD eLearning™ training in ABA to help maximize their treatment services for students on the autism spectrum!
CARD announces Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) will begin using Skills™, CARD’s online autism solution, beginning August 1, 2012. The MAC center has approximately 250 children and youth affected by ASD that will benefit from the Skills program!
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation, has selected the Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ CARD eLearning™ program to provide the district with intense training in evidence-based principles of behavioral health treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Over 6,000 LAUSD teachers and support staff will participate in the training.
When I came to work at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in August of 2005, I was given a number of “projects” to work on, one of which was the CARD Curriculum (as it was called at the time). The CARD Curriculum had been in development for many years before I came along but was nowhere near done. At first the project wasn’t my main priority, as I had other projects, until one day that all changed.
That’s how I start each morning since Skills Live started airing back in September. As Technical Director for the show, I have a unique perspective on the quality programming we are providing to the world. As technology advances, the ability to provide new and original programming on the web has empowered people to share their knowledge with a previously unreachable audience. (It’s not just cat videos, I swear!) Here at Skills Live we get the chance to help those families in need of support and guidance at a time when their world might feel as though it’s gotten a little smaller. With the help of the BCBAs at CARD and an array of experts in the field of autism from all over the world, we are here to provide the information you want and need to know. Meant to be a communication between the show and our audience, we’re driven by the needs of our viewers.
After six months of ABA therapy, Jack Riley has become significantly more vocal. He now consistently labels items and mands. In this epidode, we observe as Jack Riley tacts with joint attention, which is a major accomplishment as lack of joint attention is a key identifying sign of autism.
Skills® – an innovative web-based tool to design and manage a comprehensive, individualized
treatment program for children with autism and related disorders. Skills provides a comprehensive assessment, almost 4,000 lesson plans, and a progress-tracking system. It covers eight areas of development: social, motor, language, adaptive, play, executive functions, social cognition, and academic skills. Answers to the assessment questions link directly to customizable lesson plans, stimuli, worksheets, and data sheets, which are all printable. The system also graphs assessment results and treatment progress, allowing you to keep track of your clients’ mastery of targets and activities. In addition, a clinical timeline graph allows you to evaluate the effects of life events, challenging behaviors, and procedures being conducted by other treatment providers on the child’s progress. *In 2011, research was published showing that the Language portion of the Skills® Assessment has excellent test-retest and inter-rater reliability (Dixon, Tarbox, Najdowski, Wilke, and Granpeesheh).
This Thursday, September 8 was the official launch of CARD’s Skills Live™daily webcast. Skills Live gives everyone access to up-to-the-minute autism news and effective treatment strategies. It is the first of its kind and is broadcast live each weekday from 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Standard Time) streaming on the internet at skillsforautism.com/skills-live.html.
Normally, when deciding which skills to include in a child’s ABA program, they are prioritized based on which skills the child is likely to use most. While the likelihood of ever using stranger danger skills is slim to none (hopefully none), teaching these skills is nevertheless important to better ensure the safety of children with ASD. Thus in this study, CARD researchers set out to evaluate a stranger danger training procedure that can realistically be incorporated into a child’s ABA program.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and Skills® participated in this past Saturday’s Stephanie’s Day, hosted by CBS Los Angeles.
It was a fun-filled day—meeting families of children with autism, relaying valuable resources and a whole lot more. Check out the video and the slideshow for a behind-the-scenes look at the successful event!