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Psychology Lecture Series

Autism Intervention in the Community

Wed. May 4, 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus

Families of young children often face obstacles as they navigate the path from being concerned about autism to initial diagnosis and treatment. Stone and Mandell share strategies—from the doctor’s office to the classroom—for ensuring that children get the autism-specialized services they need.

This evening is part of the Connecting the Dots Between Research and the Community series, where a UW Psychology professor partners with a visiting colleague to tell the story of how their research is addressing some of society’s biggest challenges.

Speaker: Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
Lecture: Transforming Healthcare Systems to Increase Early Access to Autism-Specialized Services
Description: Early detection of autism is the key to specialized services that can lead to significant gains in social, language and behavioral development. However, families of young children often encounter many obstacles as they navigate the path from autism concerns to autism treatment. Prevailing healthcare models prevent many children from accessing early autism-specialized services and accruing the associated benefits. Alternative healthcare models that employ preventative intervention approaches are critical for improving outcomes for this ever-growing group of children in our communities.

About Wendy Stone

Speaker: David S. Mandell, Sc.D.
Lecture: Why Autism Interventions Fail in Schools and What To Do About It
Description: The last 50 years have seen tremendous advances in policies that increase the civil rights of, and improve access to care for, children with autism and other disabilities. While these policies represent a tremendous step forward, they have not resulted in commensurate improvements in quality of care. Outcomes for children with autism still lag far behind what has been demonstrated in university-based intervention trials. In this presentation, using school-based interventions as an example, we propose a quality and outcome-oriented way of thinking about disability policy and its implementation in the public sector.

About David Mandell

This free, public series is made possible by a generous bequest from Professor Allen L. Edwards.