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Evidence Based Treatments for Autism

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Evidence-based Practices in Interventions and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders   Odom, Collet-Klingenberg, Rogers, and Hatton (2010) Clinicians and teachers working with children with autism spectrum disorders are required by insurance companies and regional centers to use evidence based practice (EBPs) in their treatments.  Parents are looking for treatment centers that use only EBPs with their

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Autism Smartphone Applications

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Teaching Children with Autism: There’s an “app” for that? Smart phones and tablet computers (like the iphone and the ipad) are becoming increasingly useful in our busy, multi-tasking lives.  Some parents of children with autism have found new ways of using these devices. App creators have started designing apps for children with autism.  There are

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Prenatal Vitamins and Autism

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WOMEN WHO START PRENATAL VITAMINS EARLY ARE LESS LIKEY TO HAVE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.  A recent study by the UC Davis MIND Institute reported that women who did not take prenatal vitamins in the three months before their pregnancy and the first month of their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with

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Defeat Autism Now Fall Conference

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Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC)

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ACTers of the Month! – Karen

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Karen is not only talented and professional, but she is a key part of the heart and soul of ACT.  When she is not working, Karen enjoys going on outings to the beach and the park with her husband and two adorable children.

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The Desert – A Creative Story

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A creative story by an ACT 2nd grader In a desert, at 8:30 A.m., Bob heard hissing rattlesnakes and saw spitting camels.  He asked John if the scared animals were in trouble.  John screamed, “We’re getting attacked by rattling rattlesnakes!”  They threw hot, steaming coffee at the rattlesnakes.  The coffee was as hot as the

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Wyatt’s Story

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Wyatt is a bright, compassionate and funny 12 year old boy, who loves computers, video games, and karate.  Wyatt’s mother, Virginia, also describes him as “brilliant” because of his math skills.  He can calculate the number of days since past events and number of days to future events very quickly in his head.  When Wyatt

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The Early Start Denver Model – Intervention for Toddlers with Autism

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Randomized, Controlled Trial of an intervention for Toddlers With Autism: The Early Start Denver Model  (Dawson, G., Rogers, S., Munson, J., Smith, M., Winter, J., Greenson, J., Donaldson, A. and Varlet, J., 2010) In 1987, O. Ivar Lovaas studied the efficacy of an early behavioral intervention and demonstrated that early behavioral intervention could result in

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