Timely autism diagnosis: considerations across the lifespan

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Prospective studies of high-risk infants have provided a new window into early development in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yielding new insights into early behavioural and neurobiological processes and how they unfold from the earliest months of life. Identifying earlier signs holds potential for earlier diagnosis, but experience across the diversity of clinical expression also points to potential challenges. Moreover, there is growing interest in how assessment models that emphasize community partnerships may also impact positively on clinical capacity and timing of diagnosis. This presentation will review progress in approaches to early diagnosis, with special reference to early signs and experience with diagnostic assessment of younger siblings of children with ASD. We will also discuss progress in assessment approaches and service models aimed more ‘timely diagnosis’ of ASD across the lifespan.

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DrZ3Print.jpgDr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Dr. Zwaigenbaum is a developmental pediatrician and site lead for Child Health at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, where he co-directs the Autism Research Centre. He holds the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism Research and is Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on early behavioral and biological markers, and developmental trajectories in children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He also directs one of the two Canadian sites of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, which focuses on approaches to optimizing acute health care for children and youth with ASD.

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