Autism across the Lifespan: A Forty-Year Perspective from the UNC TEACCH Autism Program

In this lecture, we will discuss the changing nature of autism across the lifespan of TEACCH and across the developmental lifespan. For example, when TEACCH was created in 1972, one in every 2,500 individuals was thought to have autism. Forty years later, autism is thought to affect one in every 113 individuals. We will discuss the growing need for services and community support that is paralleling this increased rate of diagnosis. We will also discuss autism across the developmental lifespan, including our growing ability to diagnose autism in toddlers and our new knowledge of what autism looks like in adulthood.

When May 09, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
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Contact Phone 919-962-2643
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Our knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder has changed greatly in the forty years since the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program was created. In this lecture, we will discuss the changing nature of autism across the lifespan of TEACCH and across the developmental lifespan. For example, when TEACCH was created in 1972, one in every 2,500 individuals was thought to have autism. Forty years later, autism is thought to affect one in every 113 individuals. We will discuss the growing need for services and community support that is paralleling this increased rate of diagnosis. We will also discuss autism across the developmental lifespan, including our growing ability to diagnose autism in toddlers and our new knowledge of what autism looks like in adulthood.

Laura Grofer Klinger is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.

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