Webinar - Live - Ask the Doctor: Improving Pathways to Timely Diagnosis of Autism with Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
Recognizing the early signs of autism is an important step along the pathway to diagnosis to ensure children have access to supports and services and that parents' concerns and questions are addressed.
We have learned a lot about the earliest features of autism, in part from the experiences of parents and, more recently, from research involving younger siblings, who are at increased likelihood of the diagnosis themselves. Despite growing knowledge of the earliest signs of autism, the average age of diagnosis has barely decreased as families face long waits to access assessments. Can we do better?
In this webinar, we will discuss strategies supporting more timely access to diagnostic assessment through training and collaboration with community physicians and other professionals. Finally, we will share ideas about how families can be supported through this process, including the involvement of experienced parents in navigation and other important roles.
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Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
Dr. Zwaigenbaum is a developmental pediatrician and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, supported by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism. He is also the Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head for Child Health, Alberta Health Services. His current research focuses on early features of autism, as well as improving diagnosis and health care related to autism. He recently chaired the oversight panel of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Autism Assessment requested by the federal government to guide the national autism policy strategy. In his clinical roles at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, he has co-led community training on autism diagnosis and ongoing pediatric care.
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