Let’s Talk About Autism Part 1 (Episode 4)

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty with social skills, speech and nonverbal communication.

This the first episode in our two-part introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this episode, Bethany Hartropp and Cynthia Miller-Lautman, both of whom are Occupational Therapists with the DPSS team are going to be talking about:

  • What does autism look like?
  • How is autism diagnosed?

Please note: the names of the people described in this episode have been changed to protect their identity.

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