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Day with the Experts: Autism

January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Day with the Experts - Autism

To register: Visit 2020 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: The Friends of the Waisman Center
For additional details call 608-263-5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Event Details

Saturday, January 25, 2020
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: Registration has closed. Click the live stream link below on Saturday to view the event.
Live Webcast: Waisman Center Video Live Stream.
Download: 2020 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 Anxiety on the Spectrum
Danielle Scholze, MD
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Waisman Center Clinics
Martha Walter, PhD
Psychologist, Waisman Center Clinics and Waisman Autism Treatment Programs
Research has shown that anxiety is more common in individuals on the autism spectrum. This presentation will include an introduction to anxiety, how anxiety disorders are diagnosed, a  discussion regarding the overlap of anxiety and autism, and an overview of treatment options including behavioral and medical approaches.
9:45–10:15 am ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder
James Li, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Waisman Center Investigator
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at a higher risk of also having attention-deficit/
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to those without ASD. Individuals presenting with both disorders tend have more severe social impairments, greater delays in adaptive functioning, and are more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications than individuals presenting with only ASD. This talk will discuss my lab’s efforts to better understand why ASD and ADHD co-occur so frequently. I will also highlight our recent studies that show how genetic information may help us distinguish between and diagnose the two disorders more precisely.
10:30–11:00 am Working Together: Education and Support for Young Adults with ASD and their Families
Leann DaWalt, PhD
Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Waisman
Center Investigator
Early adulthood is often a time of change and stress for individuals on the autism spectrum. This presentation will focus on outcomes of an education and support program designed specifically for young adults with ASD. Qualitative and quantitative data will be reported related to satisfaction with the program as well as increases in independence and personal goals achieved.
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 25, 2020
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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