A Closer Look at High-Functioning Autism, featuring Robyn Thom, MD – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: Autism Spectrum

Coming into April, Autism Awareness Month, we’ve noticed more families coming to our website with questions about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some are seeking guidance on challenges families face, some are wanting to learn more about behaviors stereotypically associated with ASD, and others are wondering what happened to the Asperger’s diagnosis.

On today’s episode of “Shrinking It Down,” we welcome special guest Dr. Robyn Thom, a psychiatrist at the Lurie Center for Autism at the Massachusetts General Hospital, for a conversation about challenges for kids and teens with ASD, including with social relationships and repetitive behaviors. She also shares guidance on seeking evaluation and treatment for kids with ASD, as well as the importance of early disclosure about their diagnosis.

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have a question or comment about high-functioning ASD? We’d love to know. Write to us!

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Music by Gene Beresin

Episode edited by Joshua Eng

Episode produced by Sara Rattigan


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Gene Beresin

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