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Day with the Experts: Autism

January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Day with Experts - young man with autism

15th Annual Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism


To learn more visit: Waisman Center Day with the Experts Outreach Page
Note: All Day with the Experts presentations are recorded and archived.
Hosted by:  The Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin and the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sponsored by: Tthe Friends of the Waisman Center
For additional details call 608.263.5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Event Details

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(Complimentary coffee & bagels at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
1st Floor, West Annex
Waisman Center, UW-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
Learn about the latest advances in autism research, and hear from a panel of experts— individual(s) diagnosed with ASD and their families
Registration: Click here to register.
Live Webcast: Waisman Center Video Live Stream.
Download: 2019 Program & Schedule (pdf)
Capacity is limited, please pre-register to attend the event at the Waisman Center.
For additional details call (608) 263-5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Schedule & Program


9:00–9:15 am


“Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center”
Qiang Chang, PhD, Director, Waisman Center
9:15–9:45 am “Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Measure Brain Microstructure in ASD”

Doug Dean

Douglas Dean, III, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques offer an exciting opportunity to examine the brain’s white matter microstructure, which is fundamental for connecting brain regions into elaborate networks that facilitate behavior and cognitive function. This presentation will discuss our current research efforts using recently developed techniques to gain a better understanding into the role of white matter microstructure in autism spectrum disorders.
9:45–10:15 am Heath and Aging on the Autism Spectrum”
Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, PhDLauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work and Waisman Center Investigator
Aging is a normal part of the life course for all of us, and adults with autism are no exception. However, aging on the autism spectrum can present different health and healthcare challenges that adults with autism and their loved ones may want to manage proactively. This presentation will discuss the Aging and Health Equity in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (AHEADD) Team’s recent research on physical and mental health and health service utilization in adults on the autism spectrum.
10:30–11:00 am Sex on a Spectrum: ASD, Sex Education, and Behavior
Madeline Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBAMadeline Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA, AASECT-CST
Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs
Discussing sex can be difficult for parents and the children, teens, and adults they support. Research shows that sex education curriculums alone are not completely addressing the sexual health and behavioral learning needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (Holmes & Himle 2015). Additionally, individuals with neurological differences, such as ASD, may be learning about sex from fewer sources than their same-age peers—often experiencing a challenging learning curve on the path to achieving healthy sexuality, intimacy, and long-term relationships. In this talk, we will discuss teaching and learning about sex education for individuals with ASD and lift the curtain to explore behind the scenes in sex therapy and ASD.
11:00–11:30 am Question and answer session with a panel of clinicians
11:30 am–
12:15 pm
A panel of experts that includes individuals with ASD and family members.


January 26, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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