Getting Started with Biomedical and Behavioral Therapy with Dr. Lauren Underwood

June 9, 2009
Hosted by Teri Arranga

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Lauren Underwood is a popular conference speaker covering a "best practices" model for treating autism, combining biomedical & ABA therapies to improve optimal outcomes. Given the significant volume of research on the outcomes of treatments based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, it is clear that ABA is a necessary treatment for children with autism. Research also supports a biomedical etiology for autism. While studies are being conducted to identify exact biomedical pathways and their scientific basis, case studies based upon practical applications of this research suggest that the likelihood of successful outcomes improves when biomedical interventions are concurrently used to treat medical comorbid conditions present in individuals diagnosed with autism. Dr. Underwood is the parent of a child recovering from autism and a health educator/biomedical consultant for families of autistic children. She is a senior staff scientist for SSAI, Inc. supporting NASA.

Autism One: A Conversation of Hope

Autism One: A Conversation of Hope

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Approximately 1 child in 50 is diagnosed with autism, which gives autism the undesired ranking as the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the United States. 67 children will be diagnosed today - that is nearly 1 child every 20 minutes. Autism is treatable and children are significantly improving or recovering following appropriate therapies. “Autism One: A Conversation of Hope” hosted by Teri Arranga, includes discussions with the most experienced doctors, researchers, and therapists in the field, parents of recovered children, and advocates for the children and families.

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Teri Arranga

Teri Arranga

Teri Arranga is the executive director of AutismOne (www.autismone.org), the vice president of the Global Autism Collaboration (www.autism.org), and the secretary of Strategic Autism Initiative. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Autism Science Digest and as editor of the US/Canada edition of Autism File magazine. Teri is co-editor of the book Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection, and she is editor of Dr. William Walsh's book Nutrient Power and Dr. Andrew Wakefield's books Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy (www.callous-disregard.com) and Waging War on the Autistic Child: The Arizona 5 and the Legacy of Baron von Munchausen, all of which were published by Skyhorse Publishing. Additionally, Teri has contributed to and provided editing for all annual editions of Skyhorse Publishing's Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism series. Teri has been involved with a number of media projects, including consulting for medical documentaries such as by award-winning filmmaker Lina Moreco of Canada, appearing in the award-winning documentary Beautiful Son, and consulting for the April 2007 Discover magazine article "Understanding Autism." Teri received the National Autism Association's Believe Award for 2008 and a volunteerism award from USAAA in 2006. She has been an active advocate in the autism community for many years, including attending and broadcasting events in Washington, D.C.

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