Encino, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Seven-year-old Riley Salz of Encino, California, is on the road to recovery from autism. He receives 40 hours a week of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy (home services and school shadowing) from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Riley has been in treatment with CARD since August, 2008, and has experienced remarkable progress, including learning to speak, starting conversations, making requests, and commenting about his environment. Riley’s personal journey through autism is now featured in CARD’s “Mission Possible: Portraits of Hope” online series at http://portraits-of-hope.centerforautism.com.
When Riley was approximately 9-12 months old, he would not point or interact and he did not speak. As he grew, challenging behaviors, such as excessive tantrums, increased. “You know, you go to the pediatrician and they tell you that sometimes boys are slow or that things might take a while to come along,” says his mother Monica Genewich. “But it was still not happening and right when he hit the 2-year-old mark, the wheels fell off the wagon. That’s when I got some help.”
Riley’s family tried several autism treatment programs before finding CARD. “When we first began treatment with CARD, they said, ‘Let’s start off having Riley learn to sit down for two seconds,’” says Monica.
CARD is considered one of the world’s most effective providers of evidence-based, state-of-the-art autism treatment services. CARD provides a variety of services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Services include center-based treatment, home-based services and supervision, parent training, and school shadowing.
“CARD has a way of approaching every single problem you’re going through and really address the issues. When Riley began treatment with CARD,
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