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The Challenges of Autism: What do we know, and what can we do?

March 2, 2010

Experts estimate that 3– 6 children out of every 1000 will have autism. Autism is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s). Males are four times more likely to have Autism than females. But what else do we know about this often bewildering and sometimes terrifying brain disorder? Has the incidence of autism increased, or have new tools made diagnosis more likely? What are the roles of genetics and the environment? What interventions can moderate symptoms?

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with an informed and probing look at Autism on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

Join moderator Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH, Medical Director, Medical Management and Policy, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and expert presenters as they discuss the general functioning capabilities of a person diagnosed with autism. Learn about the different conditions within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders, including Asperger syndrome, and the impact on families and the community from a child diagnosed with autism.

Presenter

  • Daniel Rosenn, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Associate in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

Panelists

  • Margaret Cross, MEd, Associate Dean Academic Support Services, Regis College
  • Karen Levine, PhD, Director, Helping Children with Challenges, Lexington, Ma.
  • Michael Wilcox, CFA, President of Alfond Associates Inc.


The Regis College Leadership Series on Healthwas established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. On October 28, "Families of Depressed Patients" will be presented, and on November 18, "Obesity/A Cultural and Societal Perspective."

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

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