News and Notes from The Johnson Center

Q & A: What is a ‘webinar’, and why should I sign up for one?

JCCHD | Tue, May 15, 2012 | [Community][Events][Q and A ][Webinars]

Do you ever see announcements for presentations that interest you, and think, “If only I could get there”? Webinars are an internet-based way to connect to people and information from your home or office computer, or even your phone. We have parents and professionals tuning in from Austin, Texas, (where the presentations originate) and far-away places like Japan and Dubai, all with the same easy steps, and without charge.

The Johnson Center uses an interface called GoToMeeting. If you receive emails from The Johnson Center, or are connected to us through Facebook or Twitter, you will get an invitation to register for …

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Q & A: Why should we sign up to participate in research?

JCCHD | Mon, May 14, 2012 | [Q and A ][Research]

The most rewarding benefit of participating in research is the fact that every participant makes a significant difference in the effort to better understand, diagnose, and treat children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  At The Johnson Center we greatly value every sample and every piece of information collected, and families who participate in research play a crucial role in the endeavor to help those affected by an ASD.

Our researchers aren’t just looking for people with autism; healthy, typically developing participants are needed as well. The opportunity to participate ...

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Care Kits for Kids Toy Drive a Great Success

JCCHD | Wed, May 09, 2012 | [Community][Events]

In the spring of 2012 the “Care Kits for Kids” Toy Drive was launched to support the children served by The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. New toys, books, and games were collected to be used by families visiting the office, children in therapy, and families staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. (The Johnson Center has collaborated with the Wyndham since 2010, when together we established Austin’s first special-needs-friendly hotel. The recognition by the hotel’s management of the special consideration needed by this community has made it a home away from home for many of the families visiting our Center.)

When families arrive at the hotel, a complimentary bin of toys is delivered to their suite. When children arrive at The Johnson Center for ...

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Family and Food: Your Kids Will Eat Kale

JCCHD | Wed, May 09, 2012 | [Family and Food][Healthcare]

Kale is a vegetable we are hearing more about as a “Super Food.”  In the past, kale was often found on a dinner plate exclusively as a garnish. Today, kale is moving up in the world as a side dish and even as one of the main ingredients in a meal.

On the 10th season of Food Network’s Iron Chef, kale was placed in the role of the secret ingredient. The versatility of kale displayed by the chefs on the show was inspiring, featuring it as not just a boring ...

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Pilot Program Takes off For Preschoolers with ASD

JCCHD | Mon, May 07, 2012 | [Applied Behavior Analysis][Autism Treatment]

Families of children with autism are often told their children need Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Sounds easy enough, right? Just find an ABA provider and start services.  Unfortunately, finding quality services at an affordable price can be an extremely difficult process. Knowing firsthand how families struggle to find appropriate services, The Johnson Center incorporates quality ABA services into our multi-disciplinary program.

Our behavioral services department offers a wide range of programs and services, including supervision ...

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A visit from Dr. Martha Herbert, author of The Autism Revolution

JCCHD | Thu, May 03, 2012 | [Autism Treatment][Community][Events]

The Johnson Center was honored last week by a visit from Dr. Martha Herbert, presenting her new book, The Autism Revolution. Dr. Herbert is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Co-written with Karen Weintraub, Dr. Herbert described the writing partnership as a perfect match.

A number of lucky parents and professionals from the Austin area listened as Dr. Herbert described the events that led her to write The Autism Revolution.  Because of the number of articles she has ...

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What is My Part in This Experience? One Sibling’s Story

JCCHD | Mon, April 30, 2012 | [Community][Events][Sibling Spotlight]

Jacob was only nine when his younger brother Tim was diagnosed with autism. Jacob knew that his brother was different. He didn’t like to play, had trouble speaking, and would do funny things like rip up paper. Jacob was told that Tim was “autistic,” but he didn’t understand what that meant. Was it contagious? Would Tim be this way forever? Whatever autism was, to Jacob it meant that Tim got more attention and was able to have people come over to their house and spend hours playing with him. It even meant that Jacob had to be pulled out of school because Tim often had to go to the doctor, speech therapist, or occupational therapist. Even the doctors would treat Tim differently and give him special attention. Jacob couldn’t help feeling that it wasn’t fair.

When Jacob was 14, he had a better understanding of what ...

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My child has been evaluated, now what?

JCCHD | Fri, April 27, 2012 | [Autism Treatment][Assessment Corner][Events][Webinars]

Assessment is crucial in identifying children’s particular needs. In our last webinar, we provided an overview into understanding different types of assessment and why on-going assessment and evaluation is so advantageous. On May 1st, Dr. Claire Schutte, staff psychologist at The Johnson Center, will delve deeper into the issue. This next webinar will cover what to do once your child has been evaluated, and how to best put those results into motion.

As many parents already know, treatment plans and therapy goals should be re-assessed and ...

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Family and Food: Eat Like An Inca

JCCHD | Tue, April 17, 2012 | [Family and Food][Healthcare]

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting healthy, nutrient dense, whole foods to broaden and bolster the quality of your family’s diet. 
This week, the focus is on Quinoa.

Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wa”, is an ancient grain having been around for thousands of years as ...

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Dr. Martha Herbert to speak in Austin

JCCHD | Fri, April 13, 2012 | [Autism Treatment][Community][Events]

If you will be in the Austin area on Wednesday, April 18, we hope you will make plans to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating presentation by one of our collaborators, Dr. Martha Herbert.
Dr. Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and ...

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