This is ABC 30 Action News, live at six. After an autismdiagnosis where can parents go to find helpé I'm Margo KimFresno. I'll show you a revolutionary newtherapy many families are doing at home. It's making a lifechanging difference forautistic kids. A revolutionary treatment for autism isshowing promise for chilen around the world. It was all started by a mother who wassearching for a way
to reach her autistic chilen. Shetraveled to the valley to speak exclusively with Action News anchorMargo Kim, and shows us why the therapy is workingfor chilen when other methods have failed. Therapist: indistinct. Therapist: quot;Can you put a red caboose on thereéquot; As the al Director of the California Autism Center and Learning GroupFresno, Amanda Adams looks for promisingways to treat chilen with the disorder. And it's at its alltime high: onesixtyeight. Speech therapy is onethe
center's services. But the therapist could soon gethelp with a new system of tutorials created by a mother of seven. Mytwins were diagnosed with autism and they did not respond to therapy.Desperate to find a treatment for her chilen, Laura Kasbar used a method calledDiscrete Tutorial Modeling to create the GemIIni system. Girl on screen quot;Cat, , quot;. The secret isthe simplicity of showing words and associations,
allowing autistic chilen to focus onlearning. Kasbar travelled from her headquartersSpokane, Washington to talk to us about the program. GemIIni brings the child out of themselves and actually appears to be restructuring some of theneurologytheir brain. Watch Laura's own amatic example howher oncenonverbal son began to communie. Laura: quot;Hey, Max! Max! Say 'cheese'quot; Max: quot;cheesequot;.
Laura}: quot;Max, how OLD are youéquot; Max: quot;Threequot;. Laura: quot;What's your NAMEéquot; Max: quot;Max!quot; Adams supports the GemIIni system. A tool that should beyour toolboxof many other things combined. And so, along with good behavior intervention and a good school program, and all of the other pieces stillplay, this tool I see as a supplement. Heather O'Shea with Autism Therapy Provider ACES, which has a Fresno office, says GemIIni shows
real results. We're very excited about it. Again, we are starting to implement it, the research gives me great hope. Margo Kim: Even after an early diagnosis of autism many families have to wait for thereferral process and insurance coverage approval to start services for their chilen. ButLaura Kasbar says, with the GemIIni system parents don't have to wait to start thetutorials right at home.
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