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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Awarded $448,000 Grant from the State of Texas to Provide Therapy to Underserved Children

Corpus Christi, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc. today announced the receipt of a $ 448,000 Autism Program grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The grant will allow CARD to provide home-based, center-based, and school services for up to 24 months to underserved children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who live in Corpus Christi and outlining areas.

We are excited that Texas has allocated the resources to ensure that all children with autism get the treatment they need to lead happy, healthy lives, said CARD operations manager, Dorothy Light, M.A. Our team will partner with families, teachers and administrators to ensure these children see measurable results from their behavioral treatment.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission GIS/Demographic Team estimates 26,700 children in Texas, between the ages of three and eight years old, are diagnosed with autism. The DARS Autism Program will help the state identify models that best serve these children and will enable lawmakers to strengthen the state's efforts to serve those affected by autism.

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 quality treatment. The increase in autism diagnoses and the lack of resources available to families in many communities leave parents struggling to access the services that are crucial to their childs development.

CARD is one of the worlds largest and most effective autism treatment providers offering evidence-based, state-of-the-art services to individuals of all ages. CARD is also the nations third largest non-governmental organization contributing to autism research. In August 2009, CARD researchers published "Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that recovery from autism is possible with early, intensive intervention using applied behavior analysis (ABA).

One-to-one ABA therapy and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) will be provided to participants of the DARS Autism Program. Individual client assessment and intervention will be combined with caregiver training to provide optimal treatment for each family. The DARS Autism Program offers a sliding-scale fee based on adjusted gross income. Participating children must be between the ages of three and 15 years old, have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and be a Texas resident. For more information about the DARS Autism Program, contact Dorothy Light at (512) 330-9520.

About Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS)

DARS is a state agency that works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society. To find out more about the agencys services, call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115. Information about DARS is also available at

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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New Jersey Physician Offers Treatment To Those Seeking Medical Marijuana As A Viable Option

East Brunswick, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

With the state of New Jerseys medical marijuana program being considered one of the tightest and most restrictive in the nation it is a blessing to patients that physicians such as Dr. Inga Friedman have decided to take up the fight for patients rights alongside those in her care. With over 20 years of experience practicing medicine Dr. Friedman is one of the few all encompassing internal specialists that is sympathetic to the plight faced by those who have been let down by conventional and traditional treatments.

Because of her wide array of experience and strong desire to assist that in need Dr. Friedmans practice offers a wide range of health improving treatments. Dr. Friedman has unfortunately seen firsthand conventional methods occasionally inability to effectively treat patients who are suffering and in need of relief. When New Jersey created and opened its medical marijuana program several years ago Dr. Friedman knew that she wanted to participate and play her part in helping patients who had been so poorly let down by other treatment options in the past. It is for this reason that Dr. Friedman has begun writing qualified and legitimate patients a recommendation to use medical marijuana in accordance with all New Jersey state laws. It should be noted that Dr. Inga Friedman does not PRESCRIBE, ADVISE, OR PROVIDE medical marijuana of any kind, under any circumstance.

Due to her belief in overall health and wellness Dr. Friedman also specializes in a number of other procedures that are designed to help you reach your healths full potential. The services offered by Dr. Friedman include, but are not limited to the following:

Vaccination Dr. Friedman offers vaccine services that aim to control and eliminate a variety of commonly found illnesses and diseases. After receiving these safe, helpful, vaccine treatments an adaptive immunity is developed to help you fight an otherwise dangerous medical alternative.

EKG/Spirometry An electrocardiogram is a test that helps check for, and diagnose problems with the electrical regulation and activity of your heart. An EKG translates your hearts electrical signals into line tracings on paper that can be interpreted and analyzed by Dr. Friedman. While an EKG focuses on diagnosing a patients heart health spirometry is used for the purposes of checking a patients pulmonary health status. Immediate results are available and Dr. Friedman is well connected to the states top cardiologists should your EKG reveal more dire or complicated results.

Blood Tests Dr. Friedman and her office are prepared to administer necessary blood tests depending on your personal symptoms or medical concerns. All samples are taken in Ingas calm and welcoming office.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse Treatment With the rates of prescription drug and alcohol abuse at all time highs Dr. Freidman is qualified along with her team to administer supervised psychological and medical treatments. Additionally Dr. Friedman runs a host of support groups that aim to cater to the individual patients circumstances and needs.

Weight Loss/Smoking Treatment When discussing a patients inability to lose weight, complications are first analyzed in order to find the cause of the issue at hand. In individuals who suffer from food sensitivity Dr. Friedman will conduct an evaluation to make sure that your body is properly metabolizing nutrients and needed chemicals and that there are not more serious internal issues a foot. Dr. Friedman will than work with you one on one to create and establish a program that will allow you to correct your problematic complications. Smoking cessation programs are available for patients with addiction and who wish to avoid cigarettes post partum.

Food Intolerance, ALCAT, and LEAP Tests Diet has always played an essential role in preventing disease and maintaining good health. The ALCAT and LEAP tests were designed to provide patients with a tool for managing food related intolerances or sensitivities as well as inflammation and chronic activation as a result of ones diet. Digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, autism, and various other conditions can be more easily managed with properly administered ALCAT and LEAP tests.

Sclerotherapy/Laser Treatments Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s that helps patients with unsightly and embarrassing spider veins. Dr. Friedman also specializes in facial laser treatments that help to improve ones skin tone and aide in the treatment of stubborn acne or rosacea.

If you are a patient who is suffering from a serious or debilitating condition and have been let down by prescription drugs or other conventional methods of treatment in the past we highly recommend that you contact and consult with Dr. Inga Friedman, she possess the knowledge, experience, and compassion to work with you in regards to obtaining a medical marijuana evaluation.

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The Glenholme School Earns Continued Accreditation from NEASC

Washington, CT (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

After two years of self-study and reporting, The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for students with special learning needs in Washington, Connecticut, earned reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Accreditation for all schools across the nation has been a long-standing inspiration for educational improvement. For the student, and their family, accreditation offers assurance that the program in which the student is enrolled or are considering enrolling is involved in continuous review and improvement of its quality, that it meets endorsed standards in the profession, and that it is accountable for accomplishing what it sets out to do.

Through the self-study process, Glenholme administration and faculty recognized four areas for concentration and direction to enhance opportunities for students, which the NEASC Commission approved. The areas include alignment with the newly expanded mission, increased opportunities in line with the new mission, greater responsibilities and increased independence for highest achieving students, and further development of a comprehensive English Language Learner (ELL) program.

In their official message to the school, the Commission commended the entire school community for its beautifully maintained facilities that offer a wide variety of spaces to enhance academic, living, social, creative, and recreational activities.

They continued, The Commission commends the staff, faculty, and administrative teams for their commitment to students, collegial and supportive culture, and the strong sense of professionalism; and the school for its thriving creative and performing arts programs, highlighted by the performing arts center, music center, art studio, dance studio and other spaces dedicated to student expression.

The Glenholme School prides itself on its enduring commitment to self-regulation, self-improvement and peer review. In addition to being accredited by NEASC with diploma granting privileges, The Glenholme School it is also licensed by several states including Connecticut, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. The process of accreditation with NEASC goes beyone the traditional state licensing process by bringing educators together and providing an opportunity for sincere, impartial and comprehensive assessments which are carried out and completed with the utmost integrity.

Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), is the countrys oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level. NEASC serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and American/international schools in more than 67 nations worldwide.

About The Glenholme School:

The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders including Aspergers; ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourettes, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to help students become competent, socially and academically. The goal of the school is to prepare graduates for post-secondary college and career opportunities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit the website at

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ASHA to Stress Early Detection of Communication Disorders at AAP Meeting

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

As the nations pediatricians gather in San Diego this week for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will be there to share an important message of early detection of speech, language, and hearing disorders. The message will be especially timely given a recent study in AAPs flagship journal Pediatrics, which reported a 63% increase in disability from speech disorders and a nearly 16% increase in disability from hearing disorders among U.S. children over the past decade.

The Pediatrics study, Changing Trends of Childhood Disability, 20012011, appeared online August 18, 2014. On a broad level, it showed that the percentage of children with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011. While childhood disability due to physical conditions declined, a significant increase (21%) in disabilities due to neurodevelopmental or mental health problems was reported. The authors cited a host of potential reasons for the increase, including biologic, familial, social, and cultural factors. Improved awareness, as well as the need for specific diagnoses to receive services such as early intervention, was additionally cited. Rising cases of autism, though not identifiable from the data, may also explain some of the increase in neurodevelopmental or mental health problems, they said.

Pediatricians are generally the first to discover a potential problem related to speech or hearing in a young child or to hear about concerns directly from parents, said Elizabeth McCrea, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2014 ASHA president. As we learn more and more about the compelling benefits of the earliest possible intervention for these disorders, we want to remind pediatricians that it is never too soon for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to assess a child. Indirectly but clearly, the Pediatrics study underscores the need for a continued and growing partnership between pediatricians and communication professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes for children who have these disorders.

The message of early detection is consistent with ASHAs ongoing Identify the Signs public education campaign (, which launched in September 2013. Through public service announcements and a variety of other approaches, the campaign aims to inform parents about these disorders. The benefits of early identification are illustrated in this new infographic on the website. By visiting the website, parents can learn the early signs, find help, and share this critical information with their friends and families.

A wait and see approach, which is all too common, is simply not acceptable when it comes to communication disorders in young children, said McCrea. Parents and professionals must know that the earlier these disorders are identified, the more successful, the less expensive, and the shorter the course of treatment. We are now able to recognize disorders in younger and younger children and, through early assessment and treatment, we can often not only reverse communication disorders but also prevent them from occurring. This is transformative for a childdevelopmentally, academically, and socially. ASHAs more than 173,000 members are here to work with pediatricians, parents, and patients.

For more information and to locate a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, visit

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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The Glenholme School Publishes a New Brochure Highlighting an Inclusive Educational Program for Students with Special Needs

Washington, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders including Aspergers; ADHD, OCD, anxiety and various learning differences, utilizes a distinctive approach to fostering student development. The school recently published their new brochure highlighting the various offerings for students with special needs including individualized education, the arts, culinary, and equestrian programs, boarding life, and therapeutic services.

While some schools emphasize the differences between students; Glenholme focuses on an inclusive experience that students not only deserve but also thrive in. By promoting inclusion and acceptance, along with teaching the significance of independence and accountability, students of Glenholme develop the skills they need for a successful and meaningful life.

At Glenholme, students are given the opportunities to experience school just as any other student would. Students are not treated as people with special needs here; they are treated as individuals who deserve a chance to succeed, states Maryann Campbell, Executive Director of The Glenholme School. The only difference between The Glenholme School and a traditional school is the students.

Glenholme instructs students how to succeed in a world that is not always accommodating of them. After enrolling their student in Glenholme, an appreciative set of parents said, Our son was suddenly faced with a challenge that could either defeat him, or make him mature into an extraordinary human being. Glenholme provided the hope, support, and education our family desperately needed, and most importantly, it assured our son that he would be accepted for who he was, and not for what he has. Our son feels safe, accepted, and valued by his school and peer community. He has made meaningful friendships, and loves school.

Inclusion and acceptance are the essence of Glenholme. All students are encouraged to join in activities that were formerly unavailable to them in traditional schools. At Glenholme, everyone is treated equally and there are no exclusions based on differences. Through a meticulously designed program, Glenholme students are provided an inclusive and all-encompassing educational experience filled with a plethora of educational, artistic, recreational, social, and community activities.

Throughout the program, students at Glenholme are taught the skills essential for independence and are held accountable for their daily responsibilities. The competencies students master are carried with them throughout their entire lives. With a comprehensive and inclusive educational experience, graduates are prepared for a post-secondary life after Glenholme and are able to pursue various career and college opportunities.

About The Glenholme School:

The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders including Asperger's; ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. The learning environment at Glenholme supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit


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New Resource for Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) September 28, 2014

AAPCs latest release, Rules and Tools for Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time, gives parents the much-needed information that will empower them to be their childs best advocates and will ultimately lead to their child reaching his or her limitless potential. It guides parents journey toward understanding their child and solving problems related to their behavior. With the 119 rules and tools presented, parents and caregivers are sure to learn everything they need to know when it comes to their childs behavior. Using checklists, forms, and other practical tools, parents are able to track their childs progress.

Rules and Tools for Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders is not just a collection of rules and tools but a comprehensive and systematic way to effectively parent a child with autism. After reading this book, parents can expect successful behavior changes in their child.

About the Author:

Judith Coucouvanis, MA, PMHCNS-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been a clinician for over 35 years, specializing in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities, severe behavior challenges, and autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring conditions. She is a national speaker on behavior management, social skills training, psychopharmacology, educational strategies, and toilet training.

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Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Files Class Action Suit Seeking Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) September 22, 2014

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (AHFI) and the Hawaii Disability Rights Center filed a lawsuit on September 5th in U.S. District Court accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children. The suit alleges that without the service, called applied behavioral analysis (ABA) treatment, children with autism are less likely to reach their full developmental capacity and are more likely to be institutionalized as adults, according to the CDC. The suit seeks an injunction to require the state to provide ABA to be in compliance with federal Medicaid rules. AHFI attorneys Paul Alston, Kristin Holland and Maile Osika represent the plaintiffs.

About Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing

Founded in 1991, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing counsels and represents clients in all types of civil matters,

including business disputes, real property matters, bankruptcy and insolvency, civil rights, healthcare law, employment law, government contracts, government relations, and strategic planning.

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

(J.E. v McManaman, CV 14-00399 BMK)