Autism and Early Intervention; What Works and How Well?

The Study Pediatrics (2009, November) compared traditional early intervention approaches commonly offered in the community (S/L, OT, Specialized Preschool) to the more intensive Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) based in applied behavioral analysis. Who was assessed? Forty-eight children diagnosed within the autism spectrum, between 18-30 months of age, were randomly assigned into one of the two groups, and assessed at […]

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A Recipe for Ruining a Perfectly Good Kid | April 4, 2013

Written by Dr. John Carosso The Essential Ingredients –Start with a fun-loving, intelligent, inquisitive child who wants nothing more than to please his or her parents. –Add-in a demanding, critical parent. –Keep adding the parental demands and expectations. –Add only a pinch of some subdued praise, and praise only for the highest of achievements. –Add a few hundred cups of […]

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Autism: Squirt in the face for misbehavior?

Written by Dr. John Carosso Water in the face, Tabasco sauce… There have been some recent stories about parents and teachers using ‘aversive’ techniques to ‘punish’ autistic children for misbehavior. One boy was stuffed in a bag and another was squirted in the face with water. I’ve also heard stories of parents using Tabasco hot sauce on the tongue of […]

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Autism: When is it good to talk to yourself?

Written by Dr. Carosso Is it good to talk to yourself? Sure it is. In fact, this is how we, as humans, problem-solve and work through our difficulties. We learn, beginning at a young age, how to ‘talk things through’ in our head, which helps us to process our feelings, experiment with potential problem-solving strategies, and rehearse resolutions. Go on, […]

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Autism Center of Pittsburgh!!

Written by Dr. John Carosso Proud to Announce: I am very pleased to announce that I’ve taken-on the role of Director of the nonprofit Autism Center of Pittsburgh (ACP). Of course, I’ll be continuing at Community Psychiatric Centers, with Dr. Lowenstein, conducting evaluations, providing consultation, and overseeing clinical matters. Thrilled to be part of the ACP team: I could not […]

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Improve Your Child’s Community Behavior

Written by Dr. Carosso No Drama Outings: As many of you are too well aware, taking your kids out to the store, or restaurant, can be as adventure-packed as any Indiana Jones movie. However, those are occasions you’d rather do without the drama. Get some help: If you want some help to improve your child’s behavior during outings, just go […]

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ADHD: 5 Top Tips / new ADHD E-Pamphlet

Hair-loss prevention The behavior of children with attention deficit and hyperactivity can cause parents to pull out their hair. So, before you become bald, which clearly would add insult to injury, you may want some pointers. Fortunately, I have an approach to treating hyperactive kids that might save what’s left of your hair. I love you just the way you […]

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