Autism to Asperger’s: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date:  Sunday April 22, 2012
Speaker:  Shamby Polychronis, Ph.D.

Shamby Polychronis is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has experience teaching students with severe disabilities in post-high programs with an emphasis on community-based education. Dr. Polychronis has served on multiple grant projects, co-authored several articles and textbooks, and presented at state and national conferences. Her scholarly interests include secondary education, individual rights for people with disabilities, post-school outcomes for students with disabilities, family support services, and teacher education.

It was previously believed that 1 in every 10,000 children were diagnosed with Autism. Recent studies now estimate that 1 out of every 88 children in America are being diagnosed with the disorder. New findings indicate Utah may have the highest rate in the country. As concerns grow, everything from vaccinations to cell phone radiation has become suspect. This presentation will explore some of the current issues in the area of Autism including possible causes as well as implications for schools, families, and the community.”

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources:
Notbohm, E. (2005). Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html

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