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"More Than Meets the Eye: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Apr 08, 2013 -- 3:06 pm
On Thursday, April 18, 2013 the Clerc Center hosts second autism webinar on deaf and hard of hearing students with autism, Dr. Christen Szymanski will explain the early warning signs of autism that may present in young deaf or hard of hearing children. She will discuss how some of the current characteristics, warning signs, and tools for diagnosing autism in deaf or hard of hearing children may not apply. Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnoses that consist of lifelong challenges in communication, socialization, and behavior for both the children who are given the diagnoses and their families. Children who receive early and accurate diagnoses often receive earlier interventions,supports, services, and treatment that can lead to greater benefits later in life.

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Dr. Christen Szymanski, director of Research and Evaluation at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, is a recognized expert on deaf and hard and hearing children with autism. Her research and clinical experience involve diagnostic practices and intervention implementations, and her experiences range across community-based summer camps; clinics and hospitals; and mainstream, residential, and public schools. She is also the author of "Managing Behavior by Managing the Classroom: Making Learning Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders," published in the 2012 issue of Odyssey, and co-author of "When Autism and Deafness Coexist in Children: What We Know Now, published in the spring/summer 2008 issue of Odyssey, which focused on autism.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with Dr. Szymanski.

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