Friday, April 13, 2007

Mysteries of Autism Explored, April 19

Chestertown, MD, April 13, 2007 — The Daniel Z. Gibson - John A. Wagner Visitor Fund, the Department of Psychology, and the Washington College Chapter of Sigma Xi will present "Autistic Spectrum Disorders: The Endless Mystery & National Epidemic," a lecture by Griff Doyle, Ph.D., at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

For reasons that aren't well understood, accelerating numbers of children are now born with autism, Asperger's disorder and other neurologically based processing problems that generate a cascade of family difficulties.

Early diagnosis is critical, and parents are the major determinants of the child's development over time. Providing parents the support they need to interact therapeutically with a child who doesn't respond with the usual gazes, smiles, play and laughter is critical.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Doyle teaches in the Infant Mental Health Postgraduate Program at the Washington (D.C.) School of Psychiatry, and the Summer Training Institute of the Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental & Learning Disorders.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission to "Autistic Spectrum Disorders: The Endless Mystery & National Epidemic" is free and open to the public.

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