Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Session: Session #23
- Examine key messages from several large parent surveys and smaller studies on what matters to Ontario parents
- Understanding of parents perspective about their children’s education and social skill development.
- Discuss family stress and their thoughts about what is needed for their children across the lifespan
Outline of Presentation:
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of conditions characterized by impairments in communication and reciprocal social interaction, and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviors. The spectrum of autistic features is variable, with severity of symptoms ranging from mild to severe, sometimes with poor clinical out- comes. Twin and family studies indicate a strong genetic basis for ASD susceptibility. Recent progress in defining rare highly penetrant mutations and copy number variations as ASD risk factors has prompted early uptake of these research findings into clinical diagnostics, with microarrays becoming a ‘standard of care’ test for any ASD diagnostic work-up. The ever-changing landscape of the generation of genomic data coupled with the vast heterogeneity in cause and expression of ASDs creates complexity that demands careful consideration of how to apply this knowledge. Here, we discuss the scientific, ethical, policy and communication aspects of translating the new discoveries into clinical and diagnostic tools for promoting the well-being of individuals and families with ASDs.