Parking is available in the Wood Center Garage for $4. To access this garage, travel south (away from the Penn campus) on 34th St. past the main Hospital building. Make a right onto Osler Circle at the second light and proceed to the security booth. A ramp entrance to the underground Wood Center garage is on your right. Once you exit the Wood Center garage, you will see Abramson Research Center (large glass building) in front of you.
Please allow yourself 10 minutesto park and walk to the building.
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"Outcomes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research from the University of Connecticut"
Dr. Deborah Fein is a clinical psychologist whose research interests involve the neuropsychology of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), as well as issues in child and adult neuropsychological assessment. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books focusing on topics such as language, memory, attention, social interaction, and early detection, as they pertain to autism.
Dr. Fein will discuss two research projects at the University of Connecticut that have direct implications for clinical practice in the community. With regards to early detection of ASD, Dr. Fein's research team is validating a widely-used screener (the M-CHAT-Revised) and following children evaluated at ages 2 to 4 to see how early evaluations can predict child development and symptoms at age 4.
Dr. Fein will also discuss her research on "optimal outcome," in which her team is following a group of children who no longer meet criteria for an ASD diagnosis. Dr. Fein's research team is collecting data on which treatments these children received and whether they have residual weaknesses in language, social functioning, psychiatric disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression), or cognitive/executive/academic functioning. Dr. Fein will explain the possible ways in which children with an apparently lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder can "lose" the diagnosis.
This lecture is intended for families of individuals on the autism spectrum and professionals supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. We also invite anyone who is interested in learning more about ASD.
Upon completion of this lecture, participants will be able to:
Describe what the early detection of ASD can predict on development and symptoms.
Explain the background and interventions of children and adolescents with previous ASD diagnoses.
Describe possible ways for children with a neurodevelopmental disorder can lose their diagnosis.