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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What are the signs of autism that parents should watch for? When do these clues start to manifest? What is the latest research into the genetics of autism?
Air Date: April 03, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Susan Hyman, MD
Hyman Susan MD 120webSusan L. Hyman, MD, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics as well as Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

In addition to seeing children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in the clinical setting, Dr. Hyman is the co-Principal Investigator of the Rochester site of the Autism Speaks- Autism Treatment Network. Her research has focused on medical problems of children wth ASD related to feeding behavior, nutrition, and sleep as well as interventions used for symptoms of autism. She is the chair of the Autism Subcommittee of the Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of related brain-based disorders that affect a child's behavior, communication, and social skills.

We help you understand how ASDs are defined and diagnosed and provide you with information on the most current types of behavioral and developmental therapies.

We also discuss what parents can do to help promote a smooth transition from adolescence through the teen years and into adulthood.

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