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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Manhattan Honors Families with Appreciation Picnic


CARD Manhattan celebrated with its families in Central Park to express its gratitude to its growing community.

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (PRWEB) August 21, 2018

CARD Manhattan held its first annual Family Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, August 18th, 2018, at Central Park Pond Lawns to express sincere gratitude for the commitment and hard work of its families and to welcome new families to the growing CARD community.

Families and friends enjoyed games and activities, including a water balloon toss, flying kites, face painting, sports, and more. CARD's family support expert, Priscilla Cruz, organized the event. After enjoying food, families were encouraged to meet and chat with another as their children took advantage of the opportunity to practice socialization skills.

"We are so grateful to our CARD families for all that they do, and we were eager to give back with an event that not only celebrated them but provided everyone with the opportunities to have fun and learn, as well," said Rinda Sutrahada, operations manager at CARD Manhattan. "Our first annual Family Appreciation Picnic was a great success, and we look forward to it being a tradition for years to come."

The CARD Model targets developmental delays and challenging behaviors most commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition to communication, adaptive, play, and motor skills, CARD's unique curriculum builds on these foundational skills to develop more advanced social, cognition, and executive function skills, such as understanding sarcasm, solving social and non-social problems, and identifying metaphors. These skills optimize socialization skills and help individuals with ASD experience positive social interactions with their peers and family members.

CARD treats the behaviors and deficits commonly associated with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the only evidence-based treatment for ASD. Services are available in CARD centers and patient homes, schools, and communities. CARD pioneered the center-based model when researchers documented that children acquire skills in a center-based program at approximately twice the pace as in a home setting.

In addition to traditional 1:1 intensive ABA programs, CARD offers focused ABA programs and several targeted programs, including feeding, pill swallowing, social skills groups, short and long-term treatment of severe problem behavior, and more focused parent training. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in parent/caregiver training, which is available during non-traditional work hours and online. For more information on CARD Manhattan, call (646) 964-5913 or visit CARD online at

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and licensed psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD has over 200 locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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