Shrinking It Down: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? (Season 1, Episode 11) | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Shrinking It Down: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? (Season 1, Episode 11)


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A lot has changed over the years in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including that we’re getting better at understanding how to recognize it early in kids. And the earlier treatment starts, the more beneficial and effective it will be for children with ASD.

But what is ASD, and why do we now consider it a spectrum disorder instead of multiple, separate diagnoses, like Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorder? What services exist to help children living with autism at all ends of the spectrum?

In today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Gene Beresin, Dr. Steve Schlozman, and Dr. Ellen Braaten take a deep dive into all of these details and more, including how parents can get access to different services – like occupational therapy, speech therapy, or school accommodations – and specific examples of early developmental signs of ASD for parents and pediatricians to be aware.

Thank you for joining us in this journey and conversation. If you have a question about ASD that we didn’t cover, we’d love to hear from you!

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Sara Rattigan

Sara Rattigan, Communications Director

Sara Rattigan, M.S. is the communications director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a public health communicator whose passion has always centered around innovative a...

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