Autism organization makes huge statement in community: geared towards helping kids

Autism organization makes huge statement in community: geared towards helping kids
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POSTED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:04pm

Hundreds of people from across the region traveled here to Baton Rouge Saturday to learn about autism treatments, from the best of the best.
It’s an organization called CARD, and it set up shop recently in Baton Rouge and they offer services for families and educators looking to learn more about autism.

"He's experienced difficulties at school with behaviors and we were hoping to get some answers here," said Breaux Bridge native, Cory Duplechin.

Cory Duplechin's son is eight, he was diagnosed with autism a few years ago and now after years of struggling with his son’s disorder, he’s looking for some help.

“We're talking about our training that will help parents understand their children better," said CARD founder, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.

With 25 locations nation wide, the Center for Autism and other Related Disorders has moved into the capitol city and they are ready to help people like Cory and his son.

“Baton Rouge will be our first site in the southern eastern states," noted Dr. Granpeesheh. "We're very hopeful to just help people and perhaps develop relationships with schools where we can train teachers and work with them to help more kids."

After only three hours in the conference Saturday, Cory is walking away with tools he can use to help his son succeed.

"We've learned a lot of different strategies to help my son, ways to re-channel his behaviors," said Duplechin.

With CARD located in the heart of the state, Cory says he’s excited to see what they can offer to the thousands of parents looking for some answers.

“I think if people take advantage of the services they are going to offer that they can retrain your kids with behavior and help them to succeed."

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