Our aim is to provide personalized interventions that integrate proven therapies benefiting both the child and their family. We celebrate the insights that people with autism spectrum disorders offer to our society. Our mission is to prepare our clients to be happy and socially successful people who make and maintain friendships throughout life.
C.A.S.E., Inc thanks The Hoaloha Foundation for their support and effort in spreading the word about programs that benefit local individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Hoaloha Foundation 501(c)(3) was founded by Carlsbad Educational Psychologist, Cynthia Norall, to benefit kids and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hoaloha Foundation aims to provide social and educational services that will help children, teens and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism through school placement, program enrichment and early intervention. Many individuals on the Autism Spectrum struggle with making friends and are often targets for bullying. Our purpose is to work closely with schools and social programs to harness appropriate therapies and interventions for kids and teens to find and keep social success. Our goal is to lend support and guidance to help these individuals live an independent life where they are truly happy and have successful relationships. We are the friend foundation, Hoaloha.
C.A.S.E. is now able to offer Marriage and Family Therapy for individuals, families and couples who have members on the Autism Spectrum. With this addition we will be able to address the emotional needs of our clients along with the behavioral needs. This service will be provided by Margaret Hicke, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Jennifer Bedell who is a Marriage and Family Intern, supervised by Marge Hicke. We are also offering a Parent Support Group for families with children of all ages that meet twice a week at our Carlsbad office. We are very excited about these additions which will allow us to help with the sadness, anxiety, loss, etc. often experienced by our families.
Marge has a twenty year history as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with families, couples and individual of all ages, 2-90! Her background includes work with development delays, head trauma, and other neurological challenges, as well the emotional and psychological issues that are part of our everyday life. Marge's counseling practice has always included children and play therapy. She loves her work and is grateful for all who have been willing to invite her to help with their journey. When she is not working, Marge enjoys dancing, writing and spending time with her grandchildren, children and friends.
Our casefamily website is loaded with a ton of information. I wanted to share with you ways to navigate through our site.
Home Page: Our home page is where we share information pertaining to news about CASE and topics regarding autism and services. You can scroll down to read all recent posts or you can press next to see older posts.
About Us: Tells you about the History of CASE and Dr. Cynthia Norall.
Our Services: Talks about the services we provide.
Our Staff: Contains biographies and pictures of all our staff in all our offices.
Events: Shares "New" events happening at CASE.
Friends' Club: Contains all the information a parent will need pertaining to their child's Friends' Club (social understanding) group. Yearly calendars, registration forms and summaries of your child's last group are located here. This pertains to every office holding Friends' Club.
Education Program: Contains the yearly calendar for parents with children in our Education Program.
Resources: Contains any referrals that we would share with you over the phone. These are placements we recommend to families.
Hope this description makes it easier to navigate through our website. We appreciate you checking us out and look forward to speaking with you about anything you have read here.
Marketing Director at CASE
Dear present and future CASE Clients,
CASE is in the process of becoming an In-Network provider with many different insurances. Right now, we are in-network with Tricare/Triwest, United Behavioral Health, MHN and Magellan (Anthem and Blue Shield).
In addition, we are accepted by many different insurances like Cigna, Aetna, PCSD, and Blue Shield as an Out-Of-Network Provider.
This is also true in our other office in Oahu, HI.
Maria Dudzik, CASE, Inc. Admintration
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Beth Wagner Brust knows there are few things more difficult than watching your child struggle to make friends. Her youngest son, Ben, was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten, but by third grade he still didn't have any friends.
"My pediatrician said he had Asperger's," explained Brust, a Carmel Valley resident. Asperger's is considered a higher form of autism that makes social interaction, among other things, difficult. "Like any parent, I was thrown for a loop. Then I heard about the Friends Club in Carlsbad."
The Friends Club is a safe, non-threatening and non-stressful environment where kids with Asperger's get together to learn the "unwritten" social skills. Now it's inspired Brust and Cynthia La Brie Norall, Ph.D., to write "Quirky, Yes — Hopeless, No: Practical Tips to Help Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted" (St. Martin's Griffin).
Asperger's children are often the kids who are bullied, sit alone at lunch and rarely get an invitation to a birthday party. But at the club, they learn such skills as making eye contact, greeting people, letting others talk about their interests and being less rigid through games, breaking skills into baby steps and role playing.
By learning the subtle social cues that typical children take for granted, they can begin making friends. And that's exactly what happened with Ben.
"By the end of the first year, I heard him ask another kid, 'Am I boring you?' and I almost fell over," recalled Brust. "I'd never heard him say that before. It was amazing to see that growth in six months."
The Friends Club was the brainchild of Norall, an educational behavior psychologist. While working at a preschool in Valley Center in 1992, she first encountered children with autism. That's around the time that autism diagnoses began to rise dramatically. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 out of every 100 8-year-olds is autistic.
"I just found this population fascinating," Norall said. "I went to every seminar and conference I could on autism. I really wanted to help them."