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1 Autism Spectrum Disorder A Developmental Pediatrician’s Perspective HELP Group Summit October 2014

2 Autism by the Numbers 1:68 Children have been identified with autism. Five times more common in boys. Largest increases in Hispanic and African- American children. Siblings of children with autism are at higher risk of developing autism

3 Did You Know? Most children are not identified until… FOUR YEARS OLD

4 Did You Know? Parents identify concerns about their children by… 12-18 MONTHS Baghdadli, Picot, Pascal, Pry, & Aussilloux, 2003 DeGiacomo & Fombonne, 1998 Tolbert, Brown, Fowler & Parsons, 2001

5 Did You Know? Autism can be reliably diagnosed in children… 2 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER!

6 Autism diagnosis in children less than 3 years old. Multiple studies show that the diagnosis of autism when made in younger children IS stable over time. Cox, et. al 1999J. Child Psychol Psychiatry 1999 Jul;40(5):719-32 Stone 1999 J. Child Psychol Psychiatry 1999 Feb;40(2):219-26 Lord 2006Arch Gen Psychiatry 2006 June;63(6):694-701 Chawarska2007J. Child Psychol Psychiatry 2007 Feb;48(2):128-38 Stone2007J. Child Psychol Psychiatry 2007 Aug;48(8):793-802 Kleinman2008J. Autism Dev Disorders 2008 April;38(4):606-15 Ozonoff, et al2014J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2014 April; 53 (4):398-407

7 0 to 3 months Sensitivity to and preference for faces and speech 3 to Six months Emergence of dyadic social interaction Six to Nine months More sophisticated facial processing skills Response to name Social games Nine to Twelve months Social monitoring and imitation Joint attention What Does Typical Social – Communication Development Look Like in infancy?

8 What are we looking for? Retrospective Studies Parental Report and Video Studies – Delayed speech and language. – Lack of response when name called. – Lack of Imitation. – Poor use of gesture. (Pointing)

9 Prospective Studies By 12-18 months children with autism differ in the following ways. – Visual tracking (↓ attention to face and eyes of others) * – Prolonged visual inspection of objects – Limited response to name * – ↓ Eye contact – ↓ Social Smiling – ↓ Social interest – ↓ Facial expression (not sharing affect with eye contact) * – Delayed gestural communication (pointing) * – Less back and forth babbling – Limited interest in toys / repetitive play – Decreased imitation

10 “It’s easy to notice things babies do that are unusual. It’s harder to notice things that are missing.” -Dr. Lauren Turner-Brown

11 Early intervention yields better outcome. Can early intervention PREVENT the development of autism? G. Dawson Dev Psychopathol 2008 Summer vol. 20 (3): 775 - 803

12 INFANT START SMALL STUDY LOOKED AT INFANTS 7 – 15 MONTHS WHO HAD WARNING SIGNS OF AUTISM… ABNORMAL FIXATIONS OR REPETITIVE MOVEMENTS BEGAN A PARENT DRIVEN INTERVENTION 12 WEEKS OF PARENT TRAINING WITH A SUBSEQUENT PERIOD OF MONITORING OF PARENT PROFICIENCY DRAW INFANT ATTENTION TO FACE PARENT IMITATION OF THE INFANT USE OF TOYS TO PROMOTE ATTENTION ENJOYABLE ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE THE PARENT INFANT INTERACTION

13 NEUROTYPICAL CHILDREN UNDERGO RAPID GROWTH IN THEIR AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 -24 MO INTERVENTION TAKES ADVANTAGE OF NEUROPLASTICITY THE ENVIRONMENT IMPACTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL AND LANGUAGE BRAIN CIRCUITRY A. Beaudoin, et al. Autism Research and Treatment May 2014 EXPERIENCE INFLUENCES BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN YOUNG CHILDREN

14 A VARIETY OF MODELS ARE CURRENTLY IN USE AND REPORTING OUTCOME DATA: DIDACTIC VIDEOS MODELING GUIDED PARENT PRACTICE WRITTEN MATERIALS HIGH LEVELS OF PARENT SATISFACTION IMPROVED PARENT ATTITUDES AND SKILLS HIGH LEVEL OF FIDELITY OF STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION STRONG AND SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN PATTERN OF PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THE COCHRAN COLLABORATIVE IP Oono, et al 2013 Issue 4 RESEARCH ON PARENT TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR TODDLERS WITH ASD

15 “Knowledge is the antidote to fear.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist, lecturer, poet

16 Is there a Downside to Early Diagnosis?

17 “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” Yoda, Jedi Master Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

18 Who Notices First? Parents Early Childhood Educators Speech and Language Therapists Pediatricians

19 Factors Affecting Age of Recognition of Autism by Parents These factors lead to earlier onset of parental concerns: concurrent presence of mental retardation delays in motor milestones significant speech delays presence of medical problems presence of perinatal complications and sensory deficits having an older sibling with autism

20 Parents….. Parental Concerns may be vague… Parents may have explanations/rationalizations for their child’s behavior or deficit… Little Einstein/Presidential syndrome…

21 National Association For the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Review of website NO position statements or policy statements to do with identifying or working with young children with special needs Limited resources (3 books found) that discuss issues relating to children with special needs Early Childhood Educators and Day Care Providers

22 Kara’s Kit: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities Come and Play: Sensory Integration Strategies for Children with Play Challenges I Belong: Active Learning for Children with Special Needs

23 Resources for Early Childhood Educators CDC – Learn the Signs. Act Early – www.cdc.gov/actearly www.cdc.gov/actearly “Go Out and Play!” Kit – The kit contains information about monitoring developmental milestones, suggestions for a safe and successful activity day, tips for talking to parents if you suspect a child has a developmental delay, and a pullout section with activities to share with parents for at-home play

24 Resources for Early Childhood Educators Center for Evidence Based Practice: Young Children With Challenging Behavior (TACSEI) www.challengingbehavior.org The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) www.CSEFEL.vanderbilt.edu Zero to Three www.zerotothree.org

25 Centers for Disease Control Learn the signs – ACT EARLY – Not responding to name by 12 months. – Not pointing to objects to show interest by 14 months. – Not engaging in simple pretend play by 18 months. – Avoids eye contact. – Wants to be alone. – Speech and language delay. – Obsessive interests. – Gets upset over minor changes. – Unusual sensory reactions.

26 “Speech-language pathologists who acquire and maintain the necessary knowledge and skills can diagnose autism spectrum disorders typically as part of a diagnostic team or in other multidisciplinary collaborations…” ASHA Position Statement Ad Hoc Committee on ASD 2006 Speech and Language Pathologists

27 For Educators and Speech Therapists What to say and how to say it: – Describe what you see. – Ask if the parent sees it too. – Ask for parent input. “I think there may be some broader developmental issues here. Would you like me to call your pediatrician? Will you call him/her first to share these concerns and let him/her know I’ll be calling?”

28 Physician Current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics Screen for Autism at 18 and 24 months.

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32 Physician Need to ask the right questions. – Nonverbal communication skills. – Functional use of language. – Play and social interaction

33 Sample Questions How many words does your child say spontaneously (not repeating after you)? Does he use those words functionally? Does he point to objects six feet away? Does he respond when his name is called? How and how often? How does he let you know what he wants? Does he share his interests with you…pointing out things on a walk, showing you toys? Does he show you things by looking at you, looking at the object, then looking back at you? What does your child do to play…what’s fun for him? Does your child seek you out to play? Do you and your child play together?

34 Simple Things to do in the Office Roll a ball back and forth Point out an interesting toy Call the child by name Share an interesting toy with the child Look at a book with the child

35 Making the Diagnosis History Observation Assessment – ADOS (autism specific assessment) – ADI-R – Mullen Scales, Bayley Scales (general developmental assessment) – Language Measurements (MacArthur Dev Comm Inventory, Communication & Symbolic Behaviors Scale) Adaptive Skills (Vineland) Sensory Information - Observation and history.

36 THREE PRONGED APPROACH MEDICAL PARENT EDUCATION THERAPEUTIC WHAT’S NEXT?

37 MEDICAL Hearing Evaluation Laboratory Evaluation Genetic Evaluation ¿ EEG ? ¿ MRI ? Specific additional evaluation will depend on coexisting problems. Gastrointestinal complaints Allergy issues Sleep issues Problems with low muscle tone or fatigue

38 While Parents Wait for Services to Kick In… Parent Education and Empowerment – www.hanen.org www.hanen.org – An Early Start for Your Child with Autism An Early Start for Your Child with Autism – S. Rogers, G. Dawson, L. Vismara – Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill – Joyce Show – Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit – www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html – MORE THAN HOPE – Tanya Papparella

39 Parents need emotional support Parents need explicit direction to take care of themselves as individuals and as a couple Parents need explicit direction to take care of their other children in the midst of their worry about their affected child Parents need to understand that this is a marathon not a sprint Parents need some guidance in terms of what resources are legitimate Parents can benefit from support groups: Asperger Parent Support Group Myweb.lmu.edu/jdevine/as/ Foothill Autism Alliance www.foothillautism.org The Help Group www.Helpgroup.org

40 TREATMENT PROGRAMS THAT TARGET PARENT AS INTERVENTIONIST IN- HOME SERVICES BY DISCIPLINE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

41 So what do you do with these little guys? Most early intervention programs are for the three-year-old plus populations. Huge developmental differences between 1 – 2 year old and 3 – 4 year old

42 The Most Effective Programs for Early Intervention are those that have a Consistent Approach Early Start Denver Model Pediatrics; vol 125; number 1; January 2010; http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/1/e17.full.html RESULTS: children who participated in ESDM showed significant improvements in IQ, adaptive behavior, and autism diagnosis…more than twice as much as the gains made by the comparison group…more likely to experience a change in diagnosis from autism to PDD

43 Early Start Denver Model FEATURES of the Program: Intervention by trained therapists 2 hour sessions, twice per day, 5 days (20 hours) a week for 2 years Intervention manual and curriculum were used One or both parents were provided with parent training during twice monthly meetings, during which the principles and specific techniques were taught Parents were asked to use ESDM strategies at home and to track the number of hours they used these strategies; 5 hours/week Children could participate in other community services

44 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – RESPONSIVE TEACHING a manualized in-home parent interaction based intervention behavior intervention objectives, discussion points, responsive teaching strategies, family action plan CANADIAN STUDY a parent mediated intervention paradigm, that is in-home and uses principles of parent responsiveness training and ABA includes intensive parent training and support MULTI-SITE TRIAL OF HANEN MORE THAN WORDS trial to see if this established program is effective for toddlers identified as at risk of developing autism EARLY START DENVER MODEL parent manual – skills that promote affective engagement and social reciprocity Parent Driven Interventions….TODDLER TREATMENT NETWORK

45 PROMOTING EARLY SOCIAL-COMMUNICATION COMPETENCY IN TODDLERS WITH AUTISM a home based intervention called Joint Attention Mediated Learning manual UCLA/HUNTER COLLEGE CUNY 80 parent child dyads recruited and assigned to treatment or control groups… manualized 12 home based intervention sessions using video feedback, modeling, and coaching strategies to help parents build play and communication skills WEATHERBY AND LORD parent implemented intervention 3 weekly sessions teaches parents to embed strategies to support social communication skills 25 hours per week within everyday life activities

46 Need to identify underlying deficits and strengths to set the stage for intervention – Sensory integration – Emotional self-regulation

47 Start by Teaching Observational Skills Put on that scientist hat and Pick several times during the day when you can watch your child bath time meal time play time getting to sleep changing diaper Record your observations in the following areas: *Is my child under/over sensitive to sounds…touch…visual input …deep pressure…rotational movement? *Does my child seem to seek out a particular kind of sensory input? *Does my child avoid certain kinds of sensory input?

48 When is my child at his/her happiest and most comfortable, physically and emotionally? When is he/she the most uncomfortable, physically and emotionally? When is my child the most willing and able to play with me, engage with me? What is happening at that time? Where are you both? What is the setting like? What is the time of day? What are you doing? What is he or she doing? What captures your child’s attention (in a happy way)?

49 LET THE GAMES BEGIN!! Once parents have learned to look at see how to “optimize” their child so that he or she is ready to engage… An Early Start for Your Child with Autism Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, Laurie Vismara Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill Joyce Show More Than Words www.hanen.org

50 All parents would have training in the promotion of social interaction and engagement with their infants starting in early infancy All children in whom an autism diagnosis was suspected would have immediate provision of early intervention services Services would include parent training in behavioral strategies as well as in promoting social communication and optimizing state regulation using sensory strategies All pediatricians would have special training in diagnosing autism in the primary care setting All child care providers would have training in observation of children, including ID of atypical behavior and communication of concerns to parents If I were queen of the universe…

51 Conclusions Autism CAN be reliably diagnosed in the second year of life. Autism SHOULD be diagnosed in the second year of life. Early intervention means better outcome.

52 YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM 50,000 INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM WILL “AGE OUT” OF SCHOOL BASED SERVICES ANNUALLY 500,000 TEENS WITH AUTISM WILL ENTER ADULTHOOD OVER THE NEXT DECADE

53 What does any young adult need to know? how to get to work/school on time how to take care of personal hygiene and know what is appropriate attire how to keep a clean living space how to shop and feed self HOW TO ORGANIZE TIME WISELY, set priorities, engage in productive decision making about personal goals HOW TO FUNCTION SOCIALLY IN THE WORKPLACE What do young people with autism need to learn?

54 WHAT DOES ANY HUMAN BEING NEED? LOVE WORK AUTONOMY AND INTERDEPENDENCE FUN


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