April is Autism Acceptance Month; during this presentation hosted by the UArizona Health Sciences Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Catherine Riley, MD will review the basics of diagnosing autism and discuss key points to target increased understanding and acceptance.
About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction. The symptoms are present from early childhood and affect daily functioning. The severity of symptoms are different in each person.
Catherine Riley, MD is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics. She holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, a master's degree in education from Western Maryland College and a doctoral degree from Mayo Medical School. She completed a fellowship in developmental behavioral pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She teaches at the UArizona medical school in both the basic science and the clinical medical curricula. The majority of her time is spent clinically evaluating and diagnosing children with developmental and behavioral concerns with an emphasis on autism. Dr. Riley is the program director for the Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship and leader and board member of the professional advisory committee for the Autism Society of Southern Arizona.
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