Waisman Center

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.

Children with Down Syndrome in Preschool Programs

Joan Ershler, Director, Waisman Early Childhood Program, UW-Madison, discusses strategies focusing on the needs of Down Syndrome children in early education programs. Ershler offers research based suggestions for meaningful inclusion and good teaching practices for young children.

Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome

Brad Christian, Associate Professor, Medical Physics, UW-Madison, explores the relationship between adults who have Down Syndrome and the extremely high risk factor they have of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome

Katie Williams, Pediatric Resident, Medical School, UW-Madison, discusses the updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) health supervision guidelines for the care of children with Down Syndrome. Revised in 2011, the AAP offers guidance for primary care providers in caring for these medically complex children.

Using Human Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how Down syndrome stem cells make brain cells can explain specific deficits and can ultimately lead to better treatments for those with Down syndrome.

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.

Community Support to People with Autism

Paul White, Director, Community TIES, UW Waisman Center, offers practical strategies for family and their community support teams to consider in their support and care of people with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Panel Discussion

Leann Smith, Associate Scientist, UW Waisman Center, moderates a panel discussion of experts and family members of people with autism spectrum disorder. Panel members include: Carla Hamilton, Thomas Heibel, Jane Kenyon, Karl Pierick, Deana Stankey, and Josh Stankey.

Psychiatric Comorbidity with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Janet Lainhart, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah, discusses the relationship between neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, and inattention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lainhart reports that these comorbidity conditions add substantial burden to affected individuals and their families and provide a challenge for researchers and clinicians.

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