On Demand Wednesday Lecture Series: Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Perspective
This presentation was originally reviewed on June 24, 2022, and broadcast live online on June 15, 2022, from 12:oo PM – 1:00 PM ET.
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder with onset in the early developmental period. Although the incidence continues to rise with an incidence of 1 in 44 per the latest CDC data, barriers to diagnosis remain. The incidence of ASD is equal amongst all races, ethnicity, and socioeconomic statuses. Although better identified at the earliest age possible, ASD can be diagnosed at any age with proper evaluation techniques. As with other conditions, diagnosis leads to treatment planning. Early diagnosis allows for early intervention, which is thought to have significant impact on outcomes. Diagnosis at any age can improve functioning and quality of life. Barriers to diagnosis include lack of diagnostic services, social determinants of health, and gender bias in diagnosis.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals.
At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:
- Identify core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Recognize symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder appear differently at different ages and in different patient groups, which may present a barrier to diagnosis.
- Distinguish interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder involve therapy for core symptoms and management of associated issues and comorbid diagnoses.
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About these speakers
Dr. Robert Wisner-Carlson is the chief of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Outpatient Program; senior psychiatrist and service chief of the Adult Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Unit; clinician investigator for the Sheppard Pratt Autism Registry; and chairs the Sheppard Pratt Ethics Committee. Dr. Wisner-Carlson came to work at Sheppard Pratt in 1990 and created the first Crisis Stabilization Unit, which became a model for short-stay psychiatric care in the managed care era. Then, in 2007 he opened the first Adult Neuropsychiatry inpatient unit for the health system. He is double board-certified in general psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.
Tom Flis is a board certified and licensed behavior analyst and licensed clinical professional counselor who has more than 15 years of experience working with children and adults diagnosed with a developmental disability across multiple settings, including in-home, schools, inpatient, outpatient, and out in the community. He currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Autism and also as the Behavioral Services Manager for inpatient units at Sheppard Pratt.
Crystal DeVito, PhD, is a senior psychologist at Sheppard Pratt in Towson, MD. She has more than 30 years of experience in clinical child & adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology. Prior to joining Sheppard Pratt, Dr. DeVito served as a pediatric psychologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She has held appointments as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and adjunct faculty in Psychology at Loyola University, Maryland.
Jason Emejuru, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt’s Center for Autism in Towson, MD. Prior to joining Sheppard Pratt, Dr. Emejuru held roles as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and intensive outpatient program medical director at Ohana, Dr. Emejuru is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and is qualified to conduct standardized assessments for autism spectrum disorder.
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Robert Wisner-Carlson, MD, reports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 12 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.
Tom Flis, MS, BCBA, LBA, LCPC, reports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 12 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.
Crystal DeVito, PhD, reports that she has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 12 months. She will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation
Jason Emejuru, MD, reports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 12 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation
Event Planners/Reviewers Disclosures: The following event planners and/or reviewers are reported as having no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 12 months: Todd Peters, MD, Deepak Prabhakar, MD, Briana, Riemer, MD, Louis Marino, MD, Ehsan Syed, MD, Devi Bhuyan, PhD, Faith Dickerson, PhD, Carrie Etheridge, LCSW-C, Tom Flis, LCPC, Laura Webb, RN-BC, MSN, Bruce Boxer, PhD, MBA, MA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, MCHES, CPHQ, Stacey Garnett, RN, MSN, Heather Billings, RN, and Jennifer Tornabene.
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Wednesday Lecture Series: Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Lifespan Perspective
Robert Wisner-Carlson, MD
Thomas Flis, MS, BCBA, LBA, LCPC
Crystal DeVito, PhD
Jason Emejuru, PhD
The Center for Autism at Sheppard Pratt
Originally reviewed June 14, 2022.
Originally broadcast live June 15, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
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