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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Offers Winter Break Programs for Children with Autism

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) December 26, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) today announced it will be offering winter break programs for children with autism during the holiday break. All programs will be guided by a CARD trained therapist who will modify curriculum to meet the needs of each individual. Programs offered include Group ABA CARD Safari, Parents Night Out/Shopping Day and Center-Based Play Groups. The programs will be available at all CARD office locations in the United States and space is limited. For more information and to determine if your funding covers these programs, please call 855.345.2273.

The break from routine during the holidays can be a stressful time for many children with autism and their families, said CARD director of operations, Sarah Cho, LCSW, BCBA. We are excited to offer programs that will help children continue to learn during the winter break.

Group ABA - CARD Safari offers groups of four to five children the opportunity to practice important social, language, play and executive functioning skills in an organized group setting consisting of activities such as games, motor movement, sports, social skills instruction and arts and crafts. Group ABA CARD Safari helps children maintain and generalize previously learned skills, practice language skills with peers, build confidence with group activities, encourage socialization and cooperation and reduce and replace inappropriate social behaviors. Parents Night Out/Shopping Day gives parents a few hours to themselves while their child is at the office taking part in fun activities with their peers. This allows flexibility for parents to attend meetings or run errands while their child gets one-to-one support and opportunities for socialization. Center-Based Play Groups will provide children with the tools needed to acquire a variety of social skills along with a group of their peers. They are ABA therapy sessions that take place at the CARD office with a theme. This helps children with responding to social cues, maintaining conversations, engaging in relationship appropriate behavior, turn taking and managing conflict.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that one in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed. This is more than a 30 percent increase since the 2008 report. As the prevalence of ASD has increased, services for children with ASD have not always kept pace with demand. As a result, families affected by ASD may encounter challenges when trying to access the services that are crucial to their childs development.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 29 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 2,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit or call (855) 345-2273.

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Analyzing social interactions through imaging and making sense of the worlds 3.5 trillion photographs are among featured topics at IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2015 in February in San Francisco. The event will draw researchers from academia, government, and industry from throughout the world for 21 conferences on topics in imaging systems, 3D display, image quality, optimization, and more.

The event will run 8-12 February at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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Nearly 1,100 Risperdal lawsuits ( ) have been filed in a consolidated litigation now underway in Pennsylvania state court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

Documents recently updated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas show 1,079 records included in the state proceeding, all of which involve a drug approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Many of the cases in this proceeding allege symptoms of Risperdal gynecomastia, a painful and embarrassing condition categorized by male breast growth. Men who have developed breasts after taking this medication allege the need for mastectomies, liposuction and other surgical procedures to remove the excess tissue, which they claim to have been inadequately warned about by Risperdals manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)

Our Firm continues to represent men in who have filed Risperdal lawsuits in this proceeding, all of whom allegedly suffered male breast growth, or gynecomastia, as a result of the medication says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices and drugs including Risperdal. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to individuals who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal.

Risperdal Lawsuits

Risperdal lawsuits filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas allege similar complications related to the use of the atypical antipsychotic medication, which is approved to treat irritability in children with autism, in addition to adults and adolescents ages 10-to-17 with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research suggests that the treatment is also prescribed to patients with ADHD, although it is not specifically cleared for this use by regulators.*

Among the gynecomastia issues alleged in Risperdal lawsuits, plaintiffs mention breast tenderness, nipple discharge and swelling as resulting from the medication. Claimants accuse Johnson & Johnson and Janssen of failing to properly inform men of the medications tendency to produce elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with female breast development and lactation in new mothers.

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Men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia after their use of Risperdal may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn more about the association between Risperdal and gynecomastia when you visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the population of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing each year. Most recent statistics say about one child out of every 68 has autism.

Author and educator Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., believes ignorance about neurological diversity amplifies the challenges autism presents to parents, teachers and treatment providers.

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