Center for Autism and Related Disorders Announces No Waiting List for New Location in Northridge, CA

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CARD serves individuals of all ages affected by autism spectrum disorder at over 200 locations throughout the United States.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has opened a new clinic in Northridge, California, expanding access to autism treatment in the populous San Fernando Valley. CARD is the world’s largest provider of top-quality, evidence-based autism treatment, effectively treating individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through a network of highly trained behavior analysts, behavior technicians, and researchers, CARD develops and implements quality, individualized treatment programs, which lead to success and, in some cases, recovery.

CARD treats the behaviors and deficits commonly associated with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the only evidence-based treatment for ASD. Services are available in CARD centers and patient homes, schools, and communities. Centrally located in the heart of Northridge on Reseda Boulevard, CARD’s newest center is equipped with a sensory gym, open play area, and clinic rooms designated as learning stations, as well as a Nintendo room that facilitates social skills development.

CARD pioneered the center-based model when researchers documented that children acquire skills in a center-based program at approximately twice the pace as in a home setting. “Once we realized the potential for individuals with autism to increase their rate of skill acquisition, we moved quickly to offer center-based services to all of our families,” explained Dr. Dennis Dixon, CARD’s chief science officer.

“We are so grateful for the way the Northridge community has welcomed us," said Camille Carranza, operations manager of CARD Northridge. “We are excited to offer ABA without a waiting list and hope the local autism community will view CARD Northridge as the ultimate resource for accessing the services and supports needed to maximize opportunities for individuals diagnosed with autism.”

The CARD Model targets developmental delays and challenging behaviors most commonly associated with ASD. In addition to communication, adaptive, play, and motor skills, CARD’s unique curriculum builds on these foundational skills to develop more advanced social, cognition, and executive function skills, such as understanding sarcasm, solving social and non-social problems, and identifying metaphors. These skills optimize socialization skills and help individuals with ASD experience positive social interactions with their peers and family members.

In addition to traditional 1:1 intensive ABA programs, CARD offers focused ABA programs and several targeted programs, including feeding, pill swallowing, social skills groups, short and long-term treatment of severe problem behavior, and more focused parent training. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in parent/caregiver training, which is available during non-traditional work hours and online.
CARD Northridge is located at 9335 Reseda Blvd., Suite 101, Northridge, CA 91324. For more information, call (818) 960-0633 or visit CARD online at http://www.centerforautism.com.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and licensed 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 has over 200 locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com.

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