Tagged Therapy

Spotlight on Savant Syndrome

Amoako Buachie is a 20-year-old artist from Flatbush Brooklyn, New York, who at the age of 15, was diagnosed as an autistic savant with a special ability to draw. His mother, Akosua, who came to the United States from Ghana 18 years ago, says that he has been “carrying around a pencil since he was three.” Remarkably, Amoako can draw and paint from memory without using reference materials.

Haircuts and Children with Autism

Haircuts can pose a challenge for children with autism and their parents. For many children with autism, sensory sensitivity coupled with high anxiety can make a visit to the hair salon a traumatic experience that ultimately results in a tantrum. The experience is stressful for parents as well, especially if they are visiting a salon that is not familiar with autism. As a result, many parents dread taking their child for a haircut and often put it off as long as they can.

The A-Word, Diagnosis: Part 1

I’ve been chewing on the word for about 18 hours straight and it still tastes bitter. I’d like to spit it out and grind it into the dirt like a nasty cigarette butt, but it wouldn’t change anything.

A Review of Assessments Used to Select Content for EIBI Programs

With the current pool of available assessments, clinicians are left to run a battery of tests in order to identify target skills to include in treatment. Furthermore, to fill in the gaps, clinicians are likely to rely on clinical judgment derived from individual preference, experience, and expertise rather than a thorough assessment of the child’s development. Although extensive research has shown EIBI to be an effective treatment for ASD, research has also revealed great variability in program design and treatment effectiveness across service providers. Current clinical practices in assessment and program design likely account for much of the variability seen in the quality of EIBI services today.

Effective Treatment for Autism

Now CARD is launching a new tool in the war against autism called Skills™. Skills takes the entire CARD curriculum and makes it accessible to parents, teachers and caregivers around the world. Skills makes it possible, after an extensive assessment, to customize a program that is uniquely tailored to teach an individual child based on their specific needs. It takes the help my child received and makes it portable. It used to be that your child needed to live within 30 miles of a CARD office in order to benefit from this knowledge. Now there are no boundaries on how far this tool can reach.