Recommended audience included teens and young adults with ASD, parents and extended families of children with ASD, regular and special education teachers, para-professional support staff, guidance counselors, social workers, clinicians, advocates, psychologists and all those desiring knowledge about ASD.
At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:
- Recognize different types of seizures commonly associated with autism
- Understand the diagnostic workup for epilepsy
- Understand basic approaches to medical treatments
- Identify common issues in treatment of children with autism and epilepsy
- Recognize signs of refractory epilepsy
- Categorize different surgical evaluations for refractory epilepsy
- Identify different surgical and non-surgical treatments for refractory epilepsy
- Identify common sources of risk for epilepsy patients, including accidents, medication side effects and SUDEP
Miya Asato MD
Associate Professor, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Dr. Asato is an attending physician in the Divisions of Child Neurology and Child Development at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and has been practicing for over 8 years. Her research focus is on cognitive and behavior issues in pediatric epilepsy. She is also Program Director for the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency program and and Associate Director for Child Neurology Residency program. She is co-director for the LEND Center of Pittsburgh, which is a federally funded training program that provides interdisciplinary training for the next generation of leaders in neurodevelopment disabilities.
Bilal Sitwat MD
Associate Professor, Director of Refractory Epilepsy Clinic, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Dr. Sitwat specializes in treating difficult to control seizures in children with epilepsy. He is actively involved in Epilepsy Surgery Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is the director of "Refractory Seizures Clinic" at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and is the specialty medical consultant for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Central Pennsylvania (EFWPA).