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A 5-Year-Old North Dakota Girl Overcomes Autism with Use of Skills®, an Online Autism Curriculum
Date:7/29/2013

ntrol and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer, and childhood AIDS combined.

“Nothing makes the work we do at CARD more gratifying than seeing the successes of individuals like Maddy,” said Adel Najdowski, Ph.D, BCBA-D, the Skills® senior content development contributor and director of dissemination and research. “Many families do not have access to the services they so desperately need, which is where Skills® comes into play. With this tool, parents can personally treat and track the progress of their child.”

Skills® is based on over 40 years of research on using ABA for autism intervention, as well as research on child development. CARD supervisors and therapists use the Skills® program to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses, design a treatment plan, and track progress through integrated reports, graphs, and timelines.

Skills® offers the first and only ABA-based comprehensive social cognition and executive functions curricula available with the goal of achieving positive results for every child. While the system identifies and provides lessons for each child based on the results of his or her assessment, it also allows users the flexibility to tailor the program to the child’s unique needs. It is designed to give educators for children with ASD access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development available. Each of nearly 4,000 lesson activities includes IEP goals, worksheets, visual aids, tracking forms and lesson videos.

Teachers, parents, and practitioners can also use Skills® as an effective management tool, as the online program evaluates treatment progress one child at a time. Skills® provides charts and graphs that track treatment gains and the impact of various events (including other treatments and life events) on the child’s progress
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