Waisman Center

Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Cerebral Palsy: An Integrated Approach

Michael Ward, Program Director, Waisman Center Neuromotor Clinics, discusses ways that interdisciplinary clinical care can help people with cerebral palsy and their families maximize understanding and optimize choices for interventions through the lifespan.

A Population Perspective on Cerebral Palsy

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Cerebral Palsy Network and reviews the latest findings on the number and characteristics of children living with cerebral palsy, including information on motor functioning and co-occurring conditions.

Monitoring and Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ruth Benedict, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW-Madison, provides an overview of the classification systems and assessment tools for determining functioning level of children with cerebral palsy. Benedict offers interventions to maximize function.

Autism During Adolescence and Adulthood

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, shares results from the Adolescents and Adults with Autism study as it relates to approaches for intervention for high school students on the autism spectrum as they transition into adulthood.

Married Couples with Autistic Children

Sigan Hartley, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Waisman Center, discusses differences in parenting techniques between spouses in families that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hartley focuses on the stress parents are dealing with and the adjustments they make.

Community Support to Individuals with Disabilities

Paul White, Director, Community TIES, UW Waisman Center, offers families and their community support teams practical strategies for working with people with disabilities.

Education and Support for Adolescents with Autism

Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Lifespan Family Research, Waisman Center, focuses on strategies to help families care for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Smith discusses the findings of the Transitioning Together Study, an education and support program.

Medication and Behavior Issues in Disabilities

Maria Stanley, Director, Waisman Center Clinics, UW-Madison, discusses behavioral issues that commonly occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Stanley provides a brief overview of common behavioral issues and discusses when medications should be considered.

Prevalence Trends and Risk Factors for Autism

Maureen Durkin, Professor, Population Health Sciences & Pediatrics, UW-Madison, presents an update on trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. Durkin looks at risk factors including pregnancy complications, parental age, birth order, gene mutations, socioeconomic status and comorbid disabilities.

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