Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Monday, February 25, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar Series:

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group is pleased to present the 2019 winter webinar series. The goal is to share new and breaking work across each area from AUCD-supported programs across the country in brief accessible presentations tied together across a common topic, and to support conversation around each. All three webinars will include a moderator, three presenters and time for questions and comments over the course of an hour. The first will focus on transitions to adulthood for autistic individuals, followed by early identification of autism spectrum disorder, and wrapped up in March with a focus on diversity issues within autism spectrum disorder and associated care and support. The goal is to share new and breaking work across each area from AUCD-supported programs across the country in brief accessible presentations tied together across a common topic.

About this Webinar:

Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to the topic of early identification of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Alacia Stainbrook from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.


Alacia Stainbrook is the Director of Early Learning at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD). Dr. Stainbrook completed her graduate work in Early Childhood Special Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and has been working with young children with ASD and their families for over 16 years in home, school, and clinic-based settings. As Director of Early Learning at VKC TRIAD, Dr. Stainbrook oversees programs that provide early diagnostic and intervention services for families of young children with ASD as well as professional development opportunities for Early Childhood providers across the state of Tennessee.  


Lisa Wiggins is a Behavioral Scientist with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the lead clinician of the Developmental Disabilities Branch and oversees all clinical activities related to autism, including those that explore how many children have autism and factors that put children at risk for autism. She also serves on the board of directors of the Atlanta Autism Consortium. Dr. Wiggins has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, M.A. in developmental psychology, and M.S. in applied clinical psychology. She has over 15 years of experience with psychological assessment and working with young children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Wiggins is an author of about 40 publications and has delivered over 100 presentations. She researches and lectures on a variety of topics, including the surveillance, epidemiology, and early detection of autism in young children.


Kristin Sohl is an Associate Professor of Clinical Child Health at the University of Missouri, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Vice Chair of the Child Health Department. She is a pediatrician with extensive experience in medical diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of children with a concern of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Sohl is regarded as an expert in quality and process improvement for comprehensive autism diagnostic and longitudinal services. She is the site principle investigator for the Autism Intervention Research for Physical Health/Autism Treatment Network (AIRP/ATN) and serves in national leadership roles with each of these programs. She is the founder of ECHO Autism, an innovative framework to increase community capacity to care for children with autism and other developmental/behavioral concerns. The ECHO Autism program is viewed as a national model in expanding autism diagnosis and treatment to underserved and rural populations-those currently faced with the longest wait times. The ECHO Autism team has established partnerships with other children’s hospitals and autism centers in more than 15 states and 5 countries. Her research focuses on systems change to improve healthcare and also focuses on understanding underlying medical conditions in individuals with autism. Dr. Sohl is a tireless advocate for children and enjoys engaging other physicians in being a voice for children’s health. She is the President Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri Chapter. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Missouri. 


Jeffrey Hine Taylor specializes in behavioral pediatrics and integrated primary care, assessment and treatment of children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, and direct application of behavioral-health services and parent/teacher training for children with a wide variety of behavioral-health and developmental needs. His current research and clinical interests include integration of behavioral-health services into pediatric primary care practices, early identification and treatment of autism spectrum disorders within primary care, and use of telemedicine to enhance care and support for children with developmental and behavioral-health concerns and their families.