OPA Webinar: Autism in Adults: An Overview of Assessment and Interventions for Psychiatrists

Organization: Ontario Psychiatric Association
CME Accreditation: N/A

This event is sponsored by the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health & Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism in Adults: An Overview of Assessment and Interventions for Psychiatrists

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ET
Location: Virtual Event

This event will be recorded, and the recording will be available to the registrants following the event for 14 days after its distribution to registrants.

With the recognition of autism as an "official" diagnosis and the awareness of the importance of structured teaching, the outcome of autism began to improve. This positive change reflects both increased awareness, early diagnosis, and provision of effective intervention-based treatments. Adults present special challenges for service. These issues include: some of the more cognitively able individuals go unrecognized until adulthood, much of the available treatment literature is based on generalization from younger populations, and research on older adults is, in particular, very limited. In this presentation, we will discuss aspects of the current state of outcomes in autism spectrum disorder today, cover some of the challenges for case detection and service provision, and review the best practices for assessment/available treatment literature. 

Speaker: Dr. Fred R. Volkmar

Dr. Fred R. Volkmar is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine and the Dorothy Goodwin Family Chair of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University.  An international authority on Asperger’s disorder and autism, Dr. Volkmar was the primary author of the DSM-IV autism and pervasive developmental disorders section. He has authored several hundred scientific papers and has co-edited numerous books, including Asperger Syndrome, Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues, and the recently released third edition of The Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Autism, The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He also serves as co-chairperson of the autism/MR committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Since 2007 he has served as editor of the Journal of Autism and more recently of the Encyclopedia of Autism.


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