Behavioral Therapy: Helping Children Overcome Autism

Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Dr. Granpeesheh earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA under the guidance of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. (Photo by Ron Uriel)

A recent study conducted by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh concluded that children are capable of making significant strides against autism with the help of intensive behavioral therapy. The study showed that the children who participated in the study produced significant gains in regard to their cognitive and adaptive functions.

The three-year study was conducted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).  CARD is one of the largest provider of behavioral intervention for children in the world.  The evaluations were conducted on 14 young children who underwent a blended structure of teaching that included a hybrid version of learning.  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) incorporated play-based learning with structured teaching.  Currently findings show that 43 percent of the participants show no signs of autism symptoms.

Years ago, some doctors would tell parents that they should institutionalize their children after an autism diagnosis,” said Dr. Granpeesheh. “Today, we know that autism is treatable and recovery is possible with the right services. Every child deserves a chance to learn and grow, and we hope that these results provide hope to families of newly diagnosed children.”

Another major discovery made because of this research illustrated the fact that children who learned language skills earlier in therapy than their counterparts showed significantly more improvement over time.  Even the children who did not recover showed signs of improvement in their abilities to communicate and live independently.

This behavioral therapy is remarkable and shows limitless potential who for allowing children with autism to overcome their condition and maintain a better quality of life.

In summer of 2010, Dr. Granpeesheh presented “Curriculum for People with ASDs/ An International Model of Service Delivery for People with ASDs” at ICare4Autism’s 2010 International Autism Conference. The event was held in Jerusalem and attracted over 600 attendees from around the globe. CLICK HERE to VISIT the OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEBSITE of the ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Dr. Granpeesheh earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA under the guidance of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She started the Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Inc.(CARD) in 1990. Click here to VIEW Extended Bio

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