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Autism Day with the Experts

January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 AM 12:30 PM

Free annual day with the experts at the Waisman Center, hosted by the Waisman Center and the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin. Register at https://www.waisman.wisc.edu/event/experts-autism-2020/

(Complementary coffee and bagels beginning at 8:30 a.m.) 
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center


Qiang Chang, PhD, Director, Waisman Center
9:15-9:45 a.m. Anxiety on the Spectrum
Danielle Scholze, MD, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Waisman Center Clinics
Martha Walter, PhD, Psychologist, Waisman Center Clinics and Waisman Autism Treatment Programs
Research has shown that anxiety is more common in individuals on the autism spectrum. This presentation will include an introduction to anxiety, how anxiety disorders are diagnosed, a discussion regarding the overlap of anxiety and autism, and an overview of treatment options including behavioral and medical approaches. 
9:45-10:15 a.m. ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder
James Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Waisman Center Investigator
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at a higher risk of also having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to those without ASD. Individuals presenting with both disorders tend have more severe social impairments, greater delays in adaptive functioning, and are more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications than individuals presenting with only ASD. This talk will discuss my lab’s efforts to better understand why ASD and ADHD co-occur so frequently. I will also highlight our recent studies that show how genetic information may help us distinguish between and diagnose the two disorders more precisely.
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10:30-11:00 a.m. Working Together: Education and Support for Young Adults with ASD and their Families
Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD, Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Waisman Center Investigator
Early adulthood is often a time of change and stress for individuals on the autism spectrum. This presentation will focus on outcomes of an education and support program designed specifically for young adults with ASD. Qualitative and quantitative data will be reported related to satisfaction with the program as well as increases in independence and personal goals achieved.
11:00-11:30 a.m. Question and answer session with a panel of clinicians
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION — A panel of experts that includes individuals with ASD and family members.



Thank you to the Friends of the Waisman Center for sponsoring this event


January 25
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705