Diagnosis and clinical management of autism: implications for young children

Published on April 27, 2022   40 min

Other Talks in the Therapeutic Area: Neurology

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I am Dr. Kelly Powell, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine. I am a Co-Director of the Toddler Developmental Disabilities Program, where we provide interdisciplinary evaluations for young children suspected of having autism or other developmental delays. In this talk, I will be discussing the diagnosis and clinical management of autism with an emphasis on the implications for young children.
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I have no disclosures to report, and I have received parental permission for all of the images and videos used in this presentation.
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Before I begin, I encourage you to imagine a family that you know. Maybe it's you or someone that you work with, a friend, anybody really that has a child with autism that is expecting or just recently had their second child. What we hear from parents time and time again is that they worry about the increased likelihood their baby may also develop autism. They're often holding this worry while also navigating the complex systems of raising a young child on the spectrum.
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With those stories in mind, as well as your own personal experiences with families, my plan for this talk is as follows. First, I will lay the groundwork for the presentation by further exploring common symptoms of autism in young children, and we will watch a few videos. Secondly, I will then discuss the importance of understanding early communication and language development in autism. I will then review current screening practices, as well as the importance of comprehensive assessment. I will then discuss evidence-based treatments for young children with autism. Finally, I will review some strategies to support families who are navigating a first-time diagnosis in their young child. But first, symptoms of autism in young children.
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