University of Iowa Children's Hospital Autism Center: "Understanding Autism" Workshop Series

April 6, 2015


pdf File Suzanne Bartlett A.C. workshop 4-9-15.pdf (93KB) [download]

pdf File Jake Michaelson A.C. workshop 5-7-15.pdf (93KB) [download]

University of Iowa Children's Hospital Autism Center offers an "Understanding Autism" workshop series for professionals and families. Two  upcoming workshops are focused on genetics and caregiver wellness.

Understanding Autism: Caregiver Wellness and Stress Reduction Techniques

Few would dispute that parenting children on the autism spectrum can be stressful. But is it affecting our health and are there any options for reducing stress? Dr. Suzanne Bartlett, board certified integrative medicine physician and parent of a child on the autism spectrum, will address the subject of caregiver stress and its effects on our health and life expectancy in a workshop on April 9th, 2015

An interactive demonstration of HeartMath biofeedback will allow participants to objectively visualize the way stress affects our heart rate variability, and techniques will be explored that offer immediate relief.

Understanding Autism: Through the Lens of Genetics

Although autism is a condition that emerges from a variety of risk factors, perhaps the most well-established are genetic variations that affect brain development and organization. There is no single gene that causes autism, and scientists estimate that a thousand or more genes could confer risk (though not all of these are at play in any given individual). This workshop by Dr. Jacob Michaelson, Ph.D., will present some of the most recent findings from the field of autism genetics, and will provide examples of how this kind of research, despite its sometimes slow pace, can be a real asset for the autism community."

For more information, please see the attached flyers or contact:

Mary Roberts
Autism Center Coordinator
UI Children's Hospital Autism Center
[email protected]