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A Letter from Our Founder Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D

In 1978, I met a young boy with autism named Corey. His gentle nature, exceptional memory, and desire to interact touched my heart. The positive impact of the therapy he received inspired me to start the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in 1990. At CARD, we truly believe that recovery is possible, and we develop our programs with that in mind.

The CARD program includes comprehensive and cutting-edge curricula that can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals from birth through adulthood. These programs help individuals learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives.

CARD Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS) provides assistance with specific areas of concern for a family and develops and implements strategies to diminish challenging behaviors and teach necessary skills.

None of these life-changing programs would be what they are without the work of our exceptional staff, which includes PhDs, licensed psychologists, speech and language pathologists, masters-level supervisors, social workers, behavior analysts, marriage, and family technicians, and behavior technicians. They are truly committed to helping all of our patients achieve their fullest potential.

I hope this letter will answer some of your questions about CARD and in doing so give you optimism that success and recovery are possible.

Founder

Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has dedicated more than 40 years to helping individuals with autism lead healthy, productive lives. Dr. Granpeesheh is a world-renowned psychologist and behavior analyst with expertise in the field of autism research and treatment.
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History

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh established the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in 1990. Dr. Granpeesheh studied autism treatment for 12 years under the direction of renowned autism treatment scientist Dr. Ivar Lovaas at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lovaas discovered that intensive early intervention using applied behavior analysis (ABA) yielded a 47 percent recovery rate among individuals with autism who participated in his study.
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Approach

Behavior analysis is the science of behavior. ABA is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968/1987; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).
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Recovery

Recovery from autism is still a controversial topic, and many in the autism field are still afraid to discuss it. We at CARD have seen recovery for decades, and we make it happen for some of the individuals who we treat. We are not the only ones. Treatment providers all over the country, who have been doing top-quality ABA treatment for individuals with autism for a minimum of 30 hours per week for two or more years, have been recovering individuals for years.
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