F1182- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Challenges of the Higher Functioning Child (Repeats from F1008)

Topic: Disabilities/Special Needs

Sponsors: Council on Children With Disabilities (COCWD)

Saturday, October 22
5:00PM - 5:45PM
Moscone South, 304

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Up to 70% of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have typical intellectual abilities. However, their capacity to be successful in the least restrictive educational environment and in the community often is compromised by behavioral challenges like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, intense perseveration (eg, video games), being bullied, and performance anxiety. In addition, their atypical social language and understanding contribute to behavioral challenges. Pediatricians are the first professionals families consult to help with these problems. Since medication is rarely the sole solution, this session will provide a basis for providing guidance to the child or youth with ASD and typical intellectual abilities within the medical home.

Benjamin Handen, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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