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Helping an Autism Dad in Denial

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What is an Autism Mom supposed to do when an Autism Dad is in denial? It’s easy to get angry and resentful, but what is actually helpful? Dr. Jonathan Tarbox answers a viewer’s question about how to get a Dad out of denial and on board with Autism treatment. You might be surprised at the advice!

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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emPOWERing Autism Parents – COMING SOON!

Stay tuned for the launch of our new video series –

emPOWERing Autism Parents hosted by autism warrior mom Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. Join Nancy weekly as she tells her story and unveils words of wisdom to empower all the other autism parents out there.

The premiere will be October 16th @ 10:15am PST.

About Nancy:

Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson is an Emmy award-winning, former national television producer and executive who pioneered the magazine program format with Westinghouse’s PM Magazine. After serving as Vice-President of Group W Productions, she served as executive producer for a number of network and nationally syndicated programs, including the long-running NBC talk show, LEEZA. A former high-powered television producer turned author and activist on the subject of fearless aging and autism awareness. She co-authored Not Your Mother’s Midlife: A Ten Step guide to Fearless Aging (Andrews McMeel) and Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits (Stewart, Tabori Chang). She wrote and performed in the stage show “Boomer Babes” and has done motivational speaking to sold out audiences around the country.

She has been honored with the United Press International Award, the Associated Press Award, the Gabriel Award, the Genesis Award, as well as having been named one of the Hollywood Reporters “Women to Watch”. Having grown up with a younger brother with Down Syndrome, Alspaugh-Jackson was aware of the challenges families face raising special needs children. She feels it was no accident that she was given a special needs child to raise herself. Alspaugh-Jackson feels her most important assignment came after her adopted son Wyatt was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (Wyatt is now 11 and making tremendous progress). Although Wyatt started displaying signs of autism at the age of 2, he was not diagnosed with the disorder until three and a half and did not receive effective treatment until the age of four and a half.

With that in mind she began working to help other families find the resources for autism care and treatment. She became the executive director of ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources and fund grants for children whose families cannot afford the necessary tools their child needs to reach their full potential.

In the last five years, she has raised 5 million dollars for autism care and treatment, and launched the first national campaign for military children with autism, ACT Today! for Military Families.

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Experience Learning Support with Animals

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Susan Lettween Carr shares the mission of Experience Learning Support with Animals (ELSA), to help individuals on the spectrum to connect with animals in a nurturing ranch environment that is educational. ELSA has events to help entire families enjoy the connection between themselves, the outdoors and animals. To learn more visit www.ESLAinc.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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Social Skills Tool for Autism

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Dr. Adel Najdowski shares important information about teaching social skills to individuals on the Autism spectrum regardless of whether they are high functioning or profoundly affected. Dr. Najdowski is the Co-Creator of Skills® an online tool that provides lessons in 8 curricula areas including Social Skills.

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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What is Autism?

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Board Certified behavior Analyst Angela Persicke answers a viewer question, “What is Autism”?

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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Pica Questions Answered

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Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, director of The Autism Research Group answers a viewer’s concern about her daughter with ASD eating paper. This is a condition known as Pica. Dr. Tarbox shares ways that we can effectively attempt to ensure a child’s safety who is engaged in this type of behavior.

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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Danny’s Farm

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Danny’s Farm is a uniquely wonderful place where children with special needs have a safe opportunity to interact with animals large and small and where adults with special needs can find meaningful employment. Cathy Gott and her husband Jim Gott, a former Dodger’s pitcher, founded Danny’s Farm for their son Danny who is on the Autism Spectrum. Now Danny’s Farm offers a wide range of services and opportunities to children and adults of all abilities. For more information on Danny’s Farm visit: www.dannysfarm.org.

The music for this video was provided by The Conductors. For more information on The Conductors visit: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/conductors

This video is dedicated to Danny Gott’s longtime companion dog, Ace, who often entertained the children at Danny’s Farm, and who passed away suddenly this summer.

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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Smarty – September Task Completion Chart

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As our kids head back to school, we thought it would be helpful to share our template for a task completion chart. Task completion charts help kids visualize what they need to be accomplishing, when they’ve completed the task, and how close they are to being rewarded for it.

Smarty, short for smart art, is a monthly series showing the ways in which you can use art to bond with your child while practicing skills they are working on in therapy. Its real life application of lessons they are learning. This segment is sponsored by www.SkillsforAutism.com

Music by: Youtube.com/MistaCookieJar
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