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Featuring: Elysa Marco, MD
originally recorded March 15, 2017

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Advances in Autism bundle.

Description: The etiology of sensory integration dysfunction is currently unknown. Differences in sensory processing are known to exist among varying populations but little is known about the cause of the differences. This program with internationally known researcher, Dr. Elysa Marco, will discuss her research on brain imaging in children with sensory processing disorder and as well as those with autism. This LiveTalk will highlight cutting edge findings on the neurostructural differences which may underlie or contribute to differences in sensory processing.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify which neural microstructures are different in children with SPD compared to typical peers.
  2. Describe the relation between neural microstructure differences in children with SPD and different aspects of sensory processing.
  3. Describe similarities and differences in neural microstructures among children with SPD and children with ASD.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Parents, Teachers.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Elysa Marco received her BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and then obtained her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She continued her residency training at UCSF in pediatrics, neurology, and child neurology. In addition, she completed a cognitive and behavioral fellowship with an emphasis on the genetics of cognitive impairment. She joined the faculty of UCSF in 2005 and is an active clinician, researcher, and educator.

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