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Do you know a child with an autism spectrum disorder or do you worry your child might have such a disability?

Tune into this week’s Mom Enough show for information to help you understand and respond to this issue that touches so many lives.

 

With improved screening and early identification, an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. If we don’t have a child with ASD in our own family, we almost certainly know a family who does. So what are the defining characteristics of ASD? What interventions are most effective and why are those strategies good for any child? What are the effects of ASD on other family members, especially siblings? Two experts from the autism programs at St. David’s Center, Sarah Rehman and Kathy Patton, join Marti and Erin for an informative discussion on this important topic.

 

Do you know a child with ASD? In what ways is that child the same as or different than other children of the same age? Share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!

 

For autism resources – suggested books and web sites, click here.

For tips on playing with children with special needs, click here.

For St. David’s Center, click here.

For the Autism Society of Minnesota, click here.

For Autism Speaks, click here.

For PACER Center, click here.

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  1. Linda Phillips on April 13, 2012

    I enjoyed learning by listening to your show. What a wealth of usable information! Thank you.

  2. Michelle on May 22, 2012

    It depends on what form of rescerah into Autism you are interested in. There are many different types. If it’s genetics, then you need to get a medical degree and then apply to work in a rescerah lab studying that topic. If it’s perceptual problems, then you can get a PhD in experimental psychology and study elements such as poor face perception and reduced contrast sensitivity (I did this for a year of my post-doc and would love to do more). If it’s strategies for the classroom, this can also be with a PhD in experimental psychology. A PhD in clinical psychology is also appropriate for classroom strategies, and I’m sure it’s useful for learning other sorts of traits, but I’m not an expert on clinical psychology. In either case, it will require an M.D. or PhD. Brain abnormalities can be studied with any of these degree too. Also consider a doctoral degree in neuroscience.