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Dr. Jed Baker talks about his new book, Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens due out in August 2015 from Future Horizons. Dr. Baker talks cognitive behavioral therapy and how to use the strategies which have been shown to be effective with teens and children.  Order Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens and other books written by Dr. Baker from www.fhautism.com

 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Dr. Jed Baker’s newest book, Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens, discusses the many types of fears and anxieties any child or teen many encounter, but it uniquely addresses how to deal with these issues even if the individual is on the Autism spectrum and nonverbal.  The book, due out in August 2015 from Future Horizons, gives practical strategies for any parent to effectively implement cognitive behavioral techniques with any child. Order Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens and other books written by Dr. Baker from www.fhautism.com

 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com 

 

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In the process of choosing a resource, regardless of type, there are a number of criteria you should consider to determine if this resource will meet your needs and is the right match for your child or family. Currently, few resources provide specific feedback on the quality of services providers for individuals on the autism spectrum.

These are just a few suggestions about what information parents should gather to evaluate their providers before making a decision. If possible, be sure to visit and evaluate several places before you make a final decision on which provider will work with your child.

1. Ask if the provider is licensed or accredited.

Most providers belong to professional organizations that are responsible for ensuring that their members meet minimum standards. The following is a list of some accredited organizations for the various types of providers that serve people with developmental disabilities: 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) 

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

The Council on Quality and Leadership

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)

2. Ask about the license, certification or credential status of their staff members and their experience working with people with developmental disabilities.

Knowing your potential provider's level of expertise is important. It's amazing what you can find on the internet. A simple search on LinkedIn might give you a better understanding of the experience level of the staff working with your child. Along with looking up their LinkedIn or social media profiles, check with these accrediting organizations to make sure they are in their system:

Behavior Analysis Certification Board 

Occupational Therapists

Board of Behavioral Services (BBS) for Marriage & Family Therapists or Licensed Clinical Psychologists

3. Ask what type of professional development activities are provided for their staff.

It is important to make sure that providers stay up to date on the most recent research related to your child's treatment. Most providers will send their staff to get continuing education or professional and leadership development; however, some don't. Even though a provider might have decades of experience, make sure that they are also staying up to date with training. Similarly, if your provider only has a few years of experience, ask whether they have a senior clinician who supervises them or gives them feedback.

4. Ask about the training and experience level of the program director.

The program director often does exactly what their title suggests: guide's your child's program and the company's direction. An experienced program director will ensure that their clinicians have the qualifications needed to provide adequate services. He or she will also ensure that there are proper grievance policies in place in the event that you have a concern about your child's services.

5. Ask about staff turnover.

How long have staff been with this particular provider? If their staff has been with them for over 2 years, your child will be more likely to receive consistent services with regular staffing. It's tough to start anew with new clinicians every few months so asking this up front will reduce lag in your child's therapy down the road.

6. Ask about the staff-to-participant ratio, and whether it meets established guidelines for the type of program or service. 

For example, in neurotypical children's programs, there should be at least one adult for every four infants, five younger toddlers (12 to 24 months), six older toddlers (2 to 3 years), and nine or ten preschoolers. Do your research to ensure that the ratio is suitable for your child's developmental and behavioral needs.

7. Ask how clients and their family members/caregivers give feedback on the services offered by the program.

Often times if providers are not aware that their clients are unsatisfied, they are not able to improve their services. A provider that uses surveys, a suggestion box or focus groups indicates the desire to improve and satisfy their consumers. Although there is no guarantee that these providers make the suggested changes, I've noticed that those with a system in place tend to have more satisfied consumers.

8. Ask if you can visit the program in person. 

By visiting the program in person, you'll be able to get a sense of the company's culture, people and workspace. Pay attention to whether you're personally greeted or welcomed, whether the staff appear to enjoy their work, and whether the facility looks maintained and clean.

Finding a good provider for your child can be confusing, time-consuming, and at times, frustrating. However, asking these questions and following these guidelines should lead you to a provider who is well-suite to your child's needs.

 

 

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Today’s Jargon is Functional Communication Training.  Functional Communication Training (FCT) helps to give individuals without proper communication skills appropriate ways to communicate their needs, wants, desires and concerns.  Functional Communication can be vocal or non-vocal; it can incorporate sign language, assistive technology or iconic communication.  All individuals, regardless of skill ability, need functional communication or they will engage in maladaptive behaviors in order to communicate.

 

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Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com 

 

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Today on Autism Live: On the Spectrum with Matt Asner – a special re-airing, featuring Jonas Rivera, producer of the Disney/Pixar summer hit Inside Out!  And Navah Paskowitz from The Friendship Circle talks about their upcoming conference Friendship Circle by the Sea.  This is a family retreat happening on August 16 and 17th!  For more information visit www.fcbythesea.org  Sara Gershfeld from Love My Provider, gives tips on Things to Ask Your Provider on Love My Provider TV. Dr. Jed Baker talks about his new book, Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens from Future Horizons. Dr. Baker talks about the many types of anxiety that could affect children and teens as well as what is known to be effective in reducing anxiety.

 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Does an individual with ASD have the right to vote if they are in a limited conservatorship?  Attorney Thomas Coleman from the Disability and Abuse Project shares his journey to help tens of thousands of individuals with limited guardianships restore their voting rights and prevent future individuals from losing their voter rights in the conservatorship process.  For more information visit www.spectruminstitute.org 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Attorney Thomas Coleman from the Disability and Abuse Project shares his journey as an advocate for individual’s rights and how that led him to be a champion of individuals with ASD.  Recently the Disability Abuse Project has been working on changing legislation to prevent individuals with limited guardianships from losing their voter rights.  For more information visit www.spectruminstitute.org 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Autism Expert, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, answers a viewer’s question:  “Is Asperger’s included in the DSM4?” 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

 

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Today, On Let’s Talk Autism with Shannon & Nancy, the ladies welcome Thomas Coleman from the Disability and Abuse Project. Tom shares how his many years as an advocate for individual’s rights led him to be a champion of individuals with ASD.  Recently the Disability Abuse Project has been working on changing legislation to prevent individuals with limited guardianships from losing their voter rights.  For more information visit www.spectruminstitute.org 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Autism expert Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh joins Shannon for a special episode of Ask Dr. Doreen. Ask Dr. Doreen is a weekly live segment where viewers can ask questions of one of Autism's leading experts. In this episode Dr. Doreen answers the following questions:

 

00:12 - What resources would you recommend to newly certified BCBA for professional development specifically in the area of program design and conducting assessments?

 

10:51 - Has going gluten free and casein free helped anyone, who has not complained of tummy problems? 

 

18:18 - What is the connection between seizures and Autism? 

 

22:26 - Is it possible to have apraxia but not have autism? 

 

23:23 - Are people with Asperger's syndrome in DSMV?

 

25:28 - Do you know if swimming helps our kids?

 

27:41- What does CARD look for when hiring therapists?

 

34:49 - How can I afford ABA is my insurance is self-funded? 

 

39:54 - Can a child after aging out of EI possibly receive ABA for more years? 

 

Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, and with offices throughout the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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Today on Autism Live:  On Ask Dr. Doreen:  Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh answers viewer’s questions about how to get good training in assessments and program design if you are a new BCBA, Is swimming good for children on the spectrum, Can you have Apraxia without having an Autism diagnosis, Can children benefit from ABA therapies after their EI is completed, Are individuals with Aspergers included in the DSM 5 and more! On Let’s Talk Autism with Shannon & Nancy, the ladies welcome Thomas Coleman from the Disability and Abuse Project. Tom shares how his many years as an advocate for individual’s rights led him to be a champion of individuals with ASD.  Recently the Disability Abuse Project has been working on changing legislation to prevent individuals with limited guardianships from losing their voter rights.  For more information visit www.spectruminstitute.org

 

 Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com

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