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Early Access to Care – Reduce the Average Age at Autism Diagnosis and Increase Access to Evidence-based Early Intervention Services

Wed, 19 Jun, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Time Zone: America/New_York
Local Time: Wed, 19 Jun, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lauren Elder, PhD, is the Assistant Director of Dissemination Science at Autism Speaks.  She will be speaking on Autism Speaks’ Early Access to Care initiative, which seeks to reduce the average age of diagnosis and increase access to high-quality early intervention for all children on the autism spectrum. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be diagnosed as early as two years of age, however the average age of diagnosis for autism in the United States remains stubbornly close to 5 years old and is even higher in some ethnic minority communities. Many families lack access to effective early intervention therapies regardless of early diagnosis.  Join us to learn more about what Autism Speaks is doing improve access to care and ways your efforts combined with those of others in your community can help make a difference. 


Presenter Information:
Lauren Elder, PhD, is the Assistant Director of Dissemination Science at Autism Speaks. She is responsible for helping to develop, manage, and implement Autism Speaks’ efforts in dissemination science, with an emphasis on improvement of access to diagnostic and treatment services for people with ASD in the U.S. and internationally. She oversees the training portfolio for Autism Speaks which includes the development and promotion of training materials in evidence-based services for autism. She also works on the Global Autism Public Health Initiative, an international advocacy effort active in over 40 countries where she manages the Africa portfolio. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with clinical and research expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, particularly early intervention. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington in child clinical psychology, and her internship and postdoctoral work at UCLA.  

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