Early Intervention (EI) Program: Giving Toddlers a Strong Start

The Early Intervention Program serves children diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities, 36 months of age or younger at the time of referral. This program is based on a strong parent-professional partnership. Individualized services focus on learning readiness; language; play; family participation; daily routines relevant to eating, sleeping, and bathing; and other areas jointly identified by SKHOV professionals and parents. Through EI, children with developmental delays and autism receive education, therapeutic, service coordination and evaluation in the five boroughs of New York City. Continue reading

Conference, July 6th, 2011. Autism: A Global Perspective

Finding the Causes and Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What Does Medical and Educational Research Tell Us?

Register NOW! Early Bird Special Pricing Extended until June 13, 2011

July 6th, 2011
ICare4Autism’s International Autism Conference
NYC at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein)

Conference topics will cover Bio-Medical and Educational Research and Practice.

Welcoming Remarks:
Joshua Weinstein Ph.D., M.B.A., USA, Israel. ICare4Autism Founder & CEO

Eric Hollander, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of OCD and Autism Spectrum Program Montefiore Medical Center and Einstein
Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Icare4Autism
Presenting: Neuropsychopharmacology of Oxytocin and Inflammation in Autism

John Foxe, Ph.D. Research Director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) and Professor of Pediatrics and of Neuroscience at Einstein
Presenting: Electrophysiology and Endophenotyping of Autism

Dominick P. Purpura, M.D. Dean Emeritus, Professor of Neuroscience, Einstein
Presenting: The Locus Coeruleus/Noradrenergic Hypothesis of Autism

Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Hyman Climenko Professor of Neuroscience Research, and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Einstein
Presenting: Epilepsy and Autism

Robert W. Marion, M.D. Director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) and Professor of Genetics at Einstein
Presenting: Genetics of Autism

Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D. Henry and Emma Meyer Professor and Chair Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Presenting: A Novel and Common Inborn Error of Metabolism Discovered in Autism Patients

Hugh Morgan, MMedSc OBE FRSA CEO Autism Wales & Expert Advisor for ASD to the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff, Wales
Presenting: The Welsh Government’s National ASD Strategy (2008): What Can We Learn from the World’s First Government Strategy for Autism?

Mark Lever Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society (NAS), UK
Presenting: Leading a Campaign for a Better World for People with Autism

Rebecca J. Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Founding Director of Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Presenting: Intervention Targeting Development of Socially Synchronous Engagement in Toddlers with ASD: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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ICare4autism to Create World’s First Global Autism Research and Education Center

Mayor of Jerusalem Pledges Support in City Hall Ceremony

NEW YORK and JERUSALEM – December 6, 2010

The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4autism), a New York-based charity, announced plans to create the world’s first Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Israel, dedicated to catalyzing breakthrough innovation in autism research and treatment.  In a ceremony at Jerusalem’s City Hall hosted by Mayor Nir Barkat, ICare4autism’s President Dr. Joshua Weinstein signed an agreement paving the way for ICare4autism to acquire the campus of Bezalel Academy of Art in 2013, and convert it into a center, housing:   Continue reading

The Graduation Struggles in Autism Education

For most parents, graduation is a common occurrence. Children grow up, complete their natural development and milestones and move on to the next step in their path. For parents of children with autism it is not that easy. Graduation time is always stressful, emotional and expensive. It is a time where a parent is reminded that the security and the safety of their child’s placement is coming to an end, and the emotional rollercoaster is about to begin. Continue reading

Visitors around the year at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices

At SKHOV we receive many visitors throughout the year. Each visitor leaves the building with a better understanding of what children with autism face each day, and the miracles that happen as well here at SKHOV. They are able to see first hand the compassion and love that each teacher, therapist and administrator shows to the children.
The visitors learn about our ABA program and witness the tremendous effect this research based approach has on the children. Through ABA we chart and graph each child’s progress daily and with frequent periodic reviews of the data we are able to create individual therapy plans and programs for each child tailored to their specific needs. This way each child is getting the best care possible in order for them to reach their highest potential. Some of our distinguished visitors this year include Councilman Brad Lander, Dr. Randy Herman, Vice President, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Ambassador Assaf Shariv, Consul General of the State of Israel in NY.

No Child Left Behind: At Shema Kolainu we live by this philosophy.

This year, Shema Kolainu conducted and submitted both Alternative and Standardized Assessment procedures as required by the state education department. The assessments measure the educational efficiency of schools that service students in New York State.

We are a center for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our student population includes students with severe deficiencies across all domains to those with above average IQ. It is an ongoing challenge to individualize instruction to maximize educational, social and adaptive objectives, and an even greater challenge to reflect those achievements in standardized exams that feature set rules and guidelines. Continue reading

The Autism Spectrum – A Layman’s Guide to the World of Autistic Disorders

Key Facts:

Autism is the term used to describe a group of related disorders as well as one specific disorder within the group.

There is a lot of variation. No two individuals with autism will exhibit the exact same symptoms.

Autism is four times as prevalent in boys than in girls.

There are many confusing terms being used to describe the numerous psychological conditions and behaviors which are now referred to as autism spectrum disorders. We will attempt to clarify and correct some of these terms to arrive at a clearer understanding of the autism spectrum.

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Autism: Questions & Answers

There are many baffling expressions used to describe the numerous psychological conditions and behaviors which are officially diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most children with autism, usually, are perfectly normal in their physical appearance. However, they spend their free time occupying themselves with confusing behaviors which are noticeably different from those of typical children their age, and cane be very upsetting to those around them. Many of these behaviors include repetitive actions such as hand-flapping, head banging and other potentially injurious behaviors. Continue reading

A Genetic Connection: Children with Autism and Their Younger Siblings

After years of research, by studying twins and families of children with autism, a genetic basis for autism remains irrefutable. According to the April 2007 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, younger siblings of autistic children seem to be at increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder.  According to Dr. Wendy L. Stone, PhD. and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University, younger siblings of autistic children do not perform as well as other children on tests of social communication and development. Sixty-four younger siblings of autistic children were measured on non-verbal problem-solving, directing attention, understanding words and phrases, and other social-communicative interactions.  When compared with a control group of 42 children whose older siblings were not autistic, the results were clear: younger siblings of autistic children are at increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorders, or the broader autism phenotype.  Continue reading

Sleep Quality and Children with Autism

Parents and caretakers of children with autism and their doctors will attest to being familiar with sleep disturbances. A few of the many sleep disturbances reported are fragmented sleep patterns, difficulty falling asleep, frequent arousals, and periods of excessive sleep, alternating with periods of very little sleep. Lack of good quality sleep can result in daytime sleepiness that may hinder a child’s educational and behavioral programs, as well as bring added stress to the sleep-deprived family.(1)

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