Autism Expert to Present Why Behavorial and Biomedical Interventions are Critical to Recovery

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Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is scheduled to speak at this year's national Defeat Autism Now conference, this weekend - unveiling proof that recovery from autism is a reality.

The work we do at CARD is the epitome of a team effort, and so the credit for any recognition that comes our way must go to our hardworking and highly committed therapists, supervisors, and researchers.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, one of the nation's leading autism researchers and psychologists, reveals, "The Child as a Whole: Why Behavioral and Biomedical Interventions are Both Critical to Growth and Recovery," this weekend.

This highly anticipated presentation is Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Town and Country Resort, in San Diego, CA. It begins at 8:00am, as part of the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) national conference.

Treatment approaches grounded in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are now considered to be at the forefront of educational interventions for children with autism. However, research supports a biomedical etiology for autism and while studies are conducted to identify exact biomedical pathways, many case studies point to successful outcome with biomedical treatments.

While ABA and Biomedical practitioners have individually helped provide successful treatment models for autism, in developing a "Best Practices" Model, Dr. Granpeesheh has discovered these interventions must work together to provide the best possibilities for successful outcomes.

During the presentation, Dr. Granpeesheh will show case studies in support of the behavioral-biomedical treatment model. The recent research she will present will also show successful outcomes with these protocols.

Her presentation will be followed by an evening screening of Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back, a film by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and Michele Jaquis. The screening will be held in Town and Country's Golden Ballroom at 5:30pm. The film tells the story of four children diagnosed with autism, who achieved success using treatments rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. The documentary includes clips of therapy sessions along with interviews of the children who are now teenagers, their parents, therapists, and Dr. Granpeesheh. The children (now teenagers) will be present at the screening.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is world renowned for her therapy method and recovery rates. She has treated tens of thousands of children with autism in her career and has seen significant recovery rates.

A highly recognized psychologist in the field of autism, Dr. Granpeesheh recently earned one of the Autism Society of America's highest honors - the Wendy F. Miller National Recognition Award for Professional of the Year (2007). The award recognizes significant contributions made by a psychologist, psychiatrist, physician, and other professionals in the autism field. That same year, Dr. Granpeesheh was elected to the Autism Society of America (ASA) Board of Directors. She also serves on the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Executive Council and the US Autism and Aspergers Association (USAAA) Scientific Advisory Board.

"I am truly humbled and gratified to be recognized for the work that CARD does to help children and young adults with autism attain their highest potential," Dr. Granpeesheh said. "The work we do at CARD is the epitome of a team effort, and so the credit for any recognition that comes our way must go to our hardworking and highly committed therapists, supervisors, and researchers."

About the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc:
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) was established in 1990 and is headquartered in Tarzana, California. CARD is among the world's largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with autism and related disorders, operating 17 satellite offices throughout the United States and abroad. CARD has treated thousands of children around the world. Its services include assessments, supervision, parent/teacher training and one-to-one therapy.

About Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back:
RECOVERED is a newly released documentary by filmmakers Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA, and Michele Jaquis. The documentary ends all debates on whether or not it is possible to recover from autism. This documentary offers a behind the scenes look at the lives of families with children with autism, children on the autism spectrum, and offers unprecedented insight and resources for parents and practitioners navigating their way around the world of autism.

"Our aim in producing this documentary is to provide hope to families of newly diagnosed children that recovery from the Autism Spectrum is indeed possible. It is also our intention to bring awareness of this fact to the general population, medical practitioners and government funding agencies so that the needed support for the treatments of Autism becomes a priority. As an artist I am interested in producing work that engages its audience on an emotional level and sometimes that means delving into difficult subject matter. It is challenging to go back and relive a part of one's life that was difficult, and Doreen and I asked these families to do that. It is my hope that the families who are featured in RECOVERED have found their involvement to be both cathartic and rewarding." Says Michele Jaquis, Director, Videographer, Editor of RECOVERED.

For interviews with:
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Michele Jaquis and the Recovered Children

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Town and Country Resort

500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, CA

*Golden Ballroom*


Daphne Plump at 661-478-6512


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