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Webinar: Lonnie Zwaigenbaum reviews high-risk infant studies

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Greg Boustead
30 October 2013

On 30 October, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum discussed research on so-called ‘baby siblings’ of children with autism, as well as the implications of recent advances in early detection of the disorder. Zwaigenbaum is professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

You can watch a complete replay of the webinar above.

Use the comments section below to submit questions we didn’t have time to discuss during the Q&A session, or to pose follow-up questions for Zwaigenbaum. 

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Name: Marcia Gragg
30 October 2013 - 11:59PM

Thanks, Lonnie, for a cogent and exciting update on early identification.

Name: Nez Elik, Hamilton Health Sciences
1 November 2013 - 2:37PM

Do you intend to look at connectivity in brain synapses (more activity in prefrontal; less activity overall)? Also, do you intend to look at strengths in children with autism, such as visual analysis; better self-regulation in areas of interest, etc.?

Name: Bridget Gamber, University of Texas, Austin
1 November 2013 - 2:38PM

Can you speak more to the logistics and ethics involved in beginning intervention for high-risk infants showing symptoms who do not yet have a diagnosis (or meet diagnostic criteria)?

Name: Els Blijd-Hoogewys
1 November 2013 - 2:53PM

Are the first years very important for intervention? What is the disadvantage from being diagnosed later, even when there are less severe symptoms in a child?

Name: Amy Esler
1 November 2013 - 2:54PM

Do you have any thoughts about the relationship between availability of high-quality interventions and diagnosis at 2 versus age 3? In MN, we have excellent ABA covered by insurance, and I'm finding parents are wanting the diagnosis as early as possible, despite their children's mild symptoms, so they can initiate intervention. (These families have older children already receiving ABA.)

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