David George, the president of the Autism Society of Greater Madison, moderates a panel discussion about being autistic and living with an autism-spectrum family member. The panelists include Brad Wing and Al Kutil who are autistic, Briane Pagel, father of two autistic sons, Jody Glynn Patrick, grandmother to an autistic grandson, and Adam Hunt and Taylor Weber both with autistic siblings.
Andrew Alexander, an associate professor in the Dept. of Medical Physics at UW-Madison, discusses his research into the measurements of brain connectivity between different brain areas using both functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this research show that brain connectivity is altered in autism and that connectivity properties change with age.
Marsha Mailick Seltzer, the director of the Waisman Center at UW-Madison, provides an overview of the center; sharing the history behind its name and its connection to the Kennedy family. The Waisman Center works to discover the causes of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, determines the consequences associated with the conditions, and seeks cures and treatments.
Jan Edwards, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, discusses sound and word learning in children with cochlear implants.
Melanie Buhr-Lawler, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, Jennifer Ploch, a senior clinical audiologist in the Division of Otolaryngology in the UW Department of Surgery, and Michelle Quinn, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, discuss the clinical perspective of cochlear implantation.
Ruth Litovsky, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison and Samuel Gubbels, an assistant professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the UW Dept. of Surgery, moderate a panel discussion on cochlear implants. Panel participants include implant recipients and their families: Sharla Benson, Carol Benson, Carol Burns, Josh Reiher, Chris Roy, Jen Roy and Joseph Roy.
Ruth Litovsky, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, discusses the recent advances in cochlear implants and their future possibilities. Litovsky explains that the desired goal has progressed to having hearing impaired adults and children able to hear on an equalized basis with people who have normal acoustic hearing.
Diane Heatley, the Medical Director at the American Family Children's Hospital, discusses the history of cochlear implants in hearing impaired children.
Samuel Gubbels, an assistant professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the UW Dept. of Surgery, discusses the medical aspects of cochlear implantation and novel therapies for hearing loss.
Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, the program director at the Waisman Center Early Intervention Program at UW-Madison, discusses evidence-based practices within a child's daily routines and activities as the best approach to serving children and youth with ASD. Tuchman-Ginsberg provides a brief overview of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and resources they provide.