This is a video i came across after visiting the Generation Rescue site this morning. It’s about a father who’s son stopped speaking after he turned 2 years old. He decided to take a trip across America to talk to several families about Autism. This is their story:
School Districts across the country are struggling to meet the needs of students with ASD. Budgets are tight making it is hard to think about being proactive when there are not enough dollars to even cover day-to-day operations. However, districts have found that developing quality education programs for students with autism can actually result in substantial savings. During this presentation Dr. Leaf will discuss factors that contribute to the development of classrooms that provide effective educational for students with ASD. Dr. Leaf will share what he has found to be indicators of a “good” school district, teacher and classroom.
Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed psychologist who has over thirty-five years of experience in the field of autism; he worked with Ivar Lovaas while receiving his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at UCLA. He is co-author of: A Work in Progress; Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with ASD; Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism and Crafting Connections. Dr. Leaf has consulted nationally and internationally with families and school districts; he is Director of Autism Partnership.
When: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
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This webinar is about how to better understand assessment results, as well as how to use ongoing assessment to guide treatment planning and implementation. Understanding common assessment scores, the importance of individualized treatment recommendations, and measuring progress will be covered.
Presented by Claire Schutte, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Psychologist at the Johnson Center
Register for this upcoming webinar: A Parent’s Guide To Assessment 2: My Child Has Been Evaluated, Now What? Putting Results In Motion.
Sharing from the TACA blog:
By Lisa Ackerman
The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) is a great tool for clinicians and parents to evaluate treatments based on autistic symptoms. ATEC scores collected from thousands of families yield important clues to common treatments for ASD.
Autism Research Institute has been collecting more than 26,000 parent surveys on common treatments. To see the Treatment Ratings for Autism by parents click here http://www.autism.com/index.php/treatment_ratings_asd
Parents can use the ATEC multiple times a year. This can serve as a tool to measure and track progress year after year. It takes only minutes to fill out the online survey before you start a treatment, supplement, medication or therapy and then fill it out again after intervention is under way. Families then can share the results with your medical & therapeutic team.
Here is the link to this free tool: http://www.autism.com/index.php/ind_atec_survey
I remember performing my first ATEC for my son Jeff. This…
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Reblogging/sharing from the TACA blog:
The media should be sharing this message instead: Work hard. Fight hard. Keep trying new therapies. Do not wait. Have hope.
“Growing out” of autism is an urban myth. Recovery from autism is possible.
By Lisa Ackerman
After reading dozens of national headlines, instead of being hopeful I am offended (1.) I will explain why:
Individuals with autism typically need many hours if not hundreds or thousands of hours of therapy – many different kinds based on unique needs. An enormous amount of time and energy is also spent by key support staff, immediate and extended families to help. In addition, many individuals with autism are sick (2.) They have medical issues that require comprehensive medical intervention (functional medicine) and for some, lots of it, based on the individual’s needs. All the hard work these individuals have to endure and for some with remarkable results does not mean they just “grew out” of autism.
The article’s title and the interpretation circulated by the media revealing an important study is misleading. I believe the focus of the study needs to be on the word: RECOVERY
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