Autism Expert Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Calgary, November 2010

Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today!). Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is licensed by the Medical Board of California, the Texas State Board of Psychologists and the Arizona State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been providing behavioral therapy since 1979.

In 1990, Dr. Granpeesheh founded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) and through its 20 offices world wide, she has provided diagnosis, assessment and behavioral treatment for thousands of children with autism and related disorders.

In 2005, Dr. Granpeesheh founded ACT Today!, a non-profit organization that provides support and funding to families of children with Autism. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh is also a principle member of the Thoughtful House Center for Children, a charity organization that provides behavioral services in collaboration with medical treatment and research.

Dr. Granpeesheh is member of the Defeat Autism Now Executive Council, on the Scientific Advisory Board of the US Autism and Asperger’s Association and First Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America. Dr. Granpeesheh is also the executive director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, RECOVERED: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back.

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Dr. Stephen Shore, Autism Expert, Calgary, This November

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Dr. Stephen Shore shares his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. At a conference, he will end a session with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like to have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.

The focus of Dr. Shores dissertation towards doctorate was the true comparison between educational, behavior and developmental approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum. Qualitative research was initiated to investigate the following about Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR. Through written correspondence and face to face interviews, the developers of these varied approaches were queried on how they define autism, think about children with autism, and would handle carefully designed case studies representing the spectrum of autism. Some preliminary findings suggest that current definitions of autism are lacking and a more multi-dimensional approach is needed, some techniques are applicable across approaches, and a general sense that people with autism have something valuable to contribute to the community as a whole.

Achieving a best outcome for a productive transition to adulthood requires intervention in the three main areas of behavioral/developmental/educational, biomedical, and sensory integration. The importance of the interplay between these three areas of intervention as well as approaches focused on addressing social and self-awareness necessary to navigate the adult worlds of employment, relationships, continuing education, interdependent living, and appropriate self-advocacy shall be examined. Join Stephen Shore as he shares his incredible journey personally and professionally through a spectrum of information.

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Temple Grandin to Appear in Calgary

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. – Special Keynote Lecture

At the time of this writing, the HBO movie “TEMPLE GRANDIN” featuring Claire Danes received 15 Emmy Nominations and tells the phenomenal biographical success story of world-renowned Dr. Temple Grandin, “Temple”. Meet Temple in person, up close and personal to learn what has made her the inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism worldwide.

In Temple’s unique presentation, she eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their own lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on a wide variety of topics, and offers useful do’s and don’ts. She will also share parts of her movie journey in working the incredible Claire Danes who portrayed her magnificently in the movie.

By attending, participants can modify the learning environment to accommodate sensory challenges, recognize and accommodate neurological differences in home or classroom settings, distinguish between voluntary behaviors and involuntary behaviours, responsibly utilize alternative and/or conventional medicine to the best of their advantage and assist individuals in developing their gifts and talents down a succinct career path.

Temple is one of those once in a lifetime individuals that if you have the opportunity to meet, you don’t want to miss it. She is an amazing, caring compassionate example of how you want your child, your student or your client to turn out in life! Meeting Temple face to face is phenomenal and you will remember the experience always as a highlight in your life travelling through the autism spectrum.

Dr. Temple Grandin will be in Calgary this November at a special appearance “Keys to the Treasure Chest”

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Autism Conference “Keys to the Treasure Chest”

November 22 at 8:00am – November 23 at 5:30pm

MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, and Karen Simmons. Two-Day Workshop focusing on “Strategies for Behavioral Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders”.

Strategies for professionals, family and caregivers for overcoming challenges, behavior, and relationships. Inspiring and informational, this event brings a new level of hope and understanding.

Gut Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders

We are learning about the importance of healthy digestion, elimination and nutrient absorption for those on the autism spectrum. While many people, not just those with autism, have problems within their bowels, these disorders can be especially problematic for those with autism.

Many of us may have bowel problems and not even suspect it. Advertisers are appearing every which way now (even from the pharmaceutical companies!) on TV and the radio the importance of probiotics. Donna Gates and Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride talk about how we, as a society, eat so many processed foods, we may not have enough beneficial bacteria in our systems.

Experts in the biomedical field discuss these issues quite extensively on an ongoing basis. There are tests available today to find out if you or someone you know may have bowel disorders. Check with your doctor if you suspect you may have problems. Then, get on the right track to bowel health!

When I was down in Alabama visiting my mother, I asked my mother’s pharmacist if he recommended probiotics. He answered yes, and said he takes them religiously!

When I think of the old phrase “you are what you eat” and consider that I am a living being, I choose to put living food in my body. This is the path I am on daily. If I don’t put at least some living foods or supplements in my body daily, I can certainly tell the difference.

This is not always that easy to do, when every time we drive down any street, there is a plethora of fast-food chains. The good restaurants are getting so expensive with today’s economy, and many people do not understand the concept of putting a healthy meal together – especially a to-go healthy meal.

First, food does not have to be complicated. A salad, for example, does not have to be cut up and all mixed together and floating in sloppy dressing. Put some foods together that are healthy that will support your gut. Then, pack your food to go, to resist those weak moments in the fast-food game. It’s not that hard to plan ahead if you have the right food containers. You will be ready when you or your kids are! Carrot sticks, ants on a log, kefir, with blueberries (high in antioxidants) and a cut up banana (potassium) with a scoop of pure whey protein to add some sweetness.  Sliced favorite veggies with their favorite dip (my grandkids like honey/mustard dressing)–or make your own dip. Wraps using lettuce leaves are easy and delicious. You can get as creative as you wish or just go simple. I have a recipe for almond butter balls. From my understanding, the very popular peanut butter can cause digestive problems because of the mold on peanuts.

Second, getting your daily allotment of probiotics (good bacteria) to help bowel flora is so easy these days with the products on the market today. People say “oh yes, I eat yogurt” – okay, I’ll go that! Also, kefir is another great product, like yogurt. Yogurt is great, but yogurt typically only has one probiotic – acidophillus and many brands are processed and sugar laden. Also, most yogurts are  made from dairy, which many people are restricted from on their diet. Our bodies need a variety of probiotics to function properly, which can be obtained relatively inexpensively in supplemental form.  My favorite is kefir (explain a little about what kefir is) You can buy kefir or make it yourself easily enough with kefir starter. If you are not eating dairy, you can make your own coconut kefir or coconut yogurt It is so simple and healthy!

I could go on and on, but you get the picture? Take a look at what you are eating and pay attention to how you feel!

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