DS/ASD Panel to Address Co-occurring Diagnosis at OCALICON
Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:45 p.m. | Greater Columbus Convention Center
OCALI and DSACO are exploring how we can best support both parents and professionals in understanding theses co-occurring conditions. One of the strategies determined to be helpful is raising awareness. To that end, DSACO will be hosting a panel discussion at OCALICON to help parents and professionals become more informed. The session is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, at 12:45pm. Families can check in at 11:30 a.m., visit the exhibit hall, and attend the session at 12:45 p.m.- all FREE of charge!
This session will provide a place for families and educators to explore the unique challenges presented by this dual diagnosis. The panel will include a parent of a child with Down syndrome (DS) and the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a developmental pediatrician who has diagnosed children with these co-occurring conditions, a transitional physician to address how the co-occurring diagnosis impacts teens, and a special educator with experience serving these children. This session will explore the challenges faced by physicians in diagnosing and treating DS/ASD, by teachers in addressing the academic and social needs of these students, and by families who can often feel like they don’t belong in either world.