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The Past and Future of Developmental Disability Laws

The journey toward inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities has undergone significant milestones. One of the earliest identifiers was the passing of the Developmental Disabilities Act in 1963. Under President John F. Kennedy, the act initially addressed the lack of inclusion in state-run institutions for individuals with developmental disabilities. But, through time, the act was …

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Gender and Autism: Differences and Discrepancies

It’s long been known that boys are diagnosed with autism at a higher rate than girls. What remains unknown is why. Does it simply occur less in females? Are girls underdiagnosed? Or is something else at play? As the number of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to grow, researchers and clinicians have …

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Where to Find Support After ABA Care Ends

If your child is in applied behavior analysis (ABA) care, it’s important to understand when they may be discharged from the program and what that process entails. You may also want to start thinking about what life will be like after treatment ends. Reasons Why Treatment is Ending The amount of time your child spends …

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Catalight’s Third ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All’ Webinar: “The Importance of Differential Diagnosis in Autism”

The third episode of Catalight’s ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’ webinar series is “The Importance of Differential Diagnosis in Autism.” Catalight Chief Clinical Officer Doreen Samelson, Ed.D., MSCP and Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., director of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, discuss how incorrect or incomplete …

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Impact Report: 2023 Year in Review

2023 was a pivotal year for advancing parent-mediated care in the network, while driving quality outcomes and making strides toward greater wellbeing – Catalight’s universal measure of success. Setting wellbeing as a goal is especially important given the increasingly heterogenous population of our clients with unique individual and family needs. Catalight continues to focus our …

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What to Do After Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis

When you first receive your child’s autism diagnosis, you may feel a range of emotions and be unsure of how to best support your child. But by learning more about autism and proven treatments, you’ll be able to choose the path that best fits your child and family’s unique needs.   Here are 10 steps you …

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Autism 101: A Brief Overview

It seems like everyone is talking about autism lately. But how much do you really know about this developmental disability? Below is an overview to help you learn more about what causes it, how it affects people and what treatment options are available. Autism as a Lifelong Condition Autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD …

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From Classroom to Clinical Excellence and Back Again

Catalight’s Vice President of Clinical Excellence Lindsey Sneed, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is already at her dream job helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) choose their path to wellbeing. Over the past four months, she’s been published twice – for studies showing autistic children need less hours of treatment than previously thought and on the statistical analysis of …

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Screen Time and Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know and Avoid

Time in front of screens is impossible to avoid. In the ever-expanding world of technology, parents find themselves navigating the intricate balance of allowing their children to benefit from screens while ensuring developmental essentials are not compromised. For parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the challenge …

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